The following letter to the editor was submitted this week by reader Marc Perkel regarding Mitt Romney's use of religion in his campaign. Send your own letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the weekend candidate Romney showed up with evangelist Pat Robertson and started playing the God card. "That pledge says 'under God.' I will not take God out of our platform. I will not take God off our coins. And I will not take God out of my heart," Romney declared.
So I'm asking myself, would God endorse Romney, or is God more of an Obama man? One thing I think we can all agree on, God knows what's in Mitt Romney's tax returns. God also knows all of Mitt Romney's accounts in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland, where his wealth is sitting there in currency that does not have God on its coins. What does God think of Romney's godless money?
The Romney campaign also declared, "We’re not going to let our campaign be dictated by fact checkers." How does he reconcile that with the 9th Commandment (You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor)? And how would God feel about someone using his name for personal political gain? If I were God - I would not be impressed with Mitt Romney. God knows what he believes.
But the real test is, "You shall know when by their fruits." One candidate has a worldview that is in line with the values of the Christ story, compassion, charity, caring for each other; and the other candidate has a world view that reflects the values of Ayn Rand.
It seems that every time there's bad news for America the Republicans are happy. When there's bad news they have someone to blame. Every time there's good news for America the Democrats are happy. When there's good news then they accomplished something. Seems like the choice is pretty clear for this election year. If bad news makes you happy then vote Republican. If good news makes you happy then vote for the Democrat.
I'm Marc Perkel - And I approved this message!
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