Monday, October 20, 2008

An Editorial for Fredricksburg

I just sent an editorial to the Fredericksburg, VA newspaper in response to an editorial entitled, “No Christian should support pro-abortion candidate Obama”(If you read the title you don’t really need to read the article). I tried not to show my personal beliefs (or lack thereof) but I think it’s time for conservative evangelicals to wake up and smell the hypocrisy. There’s more to life than pro-life and they need to vote that way. The link to the original editorial is below.
Lisa Haythorn, please consider this.
In response to Lisa Haythorn’s editorial, “No Christian should support pro-abortion candidate Obama”, I think her view needs reconsideration. For the last two election cycles pro-life supporters have advocated voting Republican to protect the lives of the unborn. Pastors have even preached from the pulpit that their congregation would go to hell if they didn’t vote Republican. But, quite frankly, nothing came of it.
For the first six years of the G. W. Bush administration there was a pro-life GOP majority in the Senate and the House of Representatives, there was a pro-life President and a pro-life majority in the U.S. Supreme Court, but no effort was made to overturn Roe v. Wade. I believe that the Christians are being manipulated by the Republicans.
The period of pro-life majority government was a rare opportunity that is unlikely to recur for a long time, but only lip service was ever paid to overturning Roe v. Wade. The Republicans have learned that as long as they dangle a pro-life carrot in front of Christians they have guaranteed votes. If they overturn abortion rights, they lose that guarantee. I’m not suggesting that people should vote for Obama, or anyone else for that matter, I’m just saying that Christians need to vocally support other issues rather than loudly announcing that candidates need only to put a pro-life plank in their platform to receive your vote. That way, candidates know that the voters are on to their ruse and that they need to do what they promise or get voted out of office.

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