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Candidates 'pandering for votes' with religion

Posted: December 11, 2011 - 12:04am  |  Updated: December 14, 2011 - 2:46pm


The Tea Party, in the persons of the presidential candidates, have disgraced themselves, their message and their chances for winning the presidency of the United States of America.

The egregious display of emotion, personal suffering and totally schmaltzy anecdotal self-aggrandizement displayed for potential Iowa voters should have repulsed any normal, intelligent and thinking person in the United States.

That Jesus Christ’s holy name has been dragged into this disgustingly obvious pandering for votes from fundamentalist Christians is hypocritical if the candidates didn’t accept Jesus Christ as their Savior; and, blasphemous if they do.

One does not have to be a cynic to be disgusted by such a staged pseudoemotional event. The cast members of this event were as unpresidential as any cast member of “Sex and the City.”

From a political standpoint, it is somehow un-American for candidates to imply to the voters at large that acceptance of Jesus Christ as savior was essential to the survival of our republic.

What does that say to those wonderful human beings in our American population who follow other roads to God, or to those sincere agnostics and atheists who choose not to embrace any formal religion?

The Tea Party folks constantly decry the use of Islam’s Sharia law in many countries. This cheap-shot Iowa event sure sounded as if this group of candidates are in favor of adherence to Christian law in our country.

Our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian (and Deist) values. That’s helped us to become a great nation. But the Founding Fathers also assured us the government would never push any particular religion on the citizenry.

Hear that, Tea Party?

Gene Rickaby


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Local Interests

Brave Letter

I commend Mr. Rickaby for writing this letter while living in this part of the country. The people, in this case, being pandered to by the so-called Tea Party (should be called the Koch/Murdoch Party) are well represented in this area. The hard-core Evangelicals and Fundamentalists, typified by the local Southern Baptists, are effectively the American Taliban when it comes to forcing their interpretation of Religion on everybody else.

Many Arrows

Baptists for Newt?

Indeed. At the moment they are atwitter over the lying, corrupt, womanizing Gingrich while rejecting the loyal husband of 54 years, practicing Christian with brothers who are ministers, antiabortion, and true-to-his word RON PAUL. They are like the zealots of an earlier time, who hollered " Give US Barrabus!"


Rickaby is right

This country is off track not because it has distanced itself from Jesus, but because it has abandoned its source document--the constitution.