Fear and Hate

To the editor:
As a person of faith, I can no longer remain silent in this toxic political environment. We vote on Tuesday and all who are able should exercise that right. If you are a person of Christian faith, you have a doubly hard job because there is no equivocating when it comes to this election.
The apostle Paul says in the fifth chapter of Galatians, “For freedom Christ has set us free … for you were called to freedom … for the whole law is fulfilled in one word, you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Of course earlier in the Gospels, Jesus is asked “and who is my neighbor?” to which he responded with the parable of the Good Samaritan.
Jesus’ message is clear, for his followers “our” neighbor is any and every one hurting and in need.
If you profess to be a Christian, you CANNOT reason your way out of this.
The Rev. Jim Wallis writes, “Our nation has been shocked by horrific violence in the United States inspired by white supremacist ideology. The attempted murder of critics of he Trump administration targeted with pipe bombs in the mail, two black Americans killed in a grocery store after an attack on a black church failed, and the massacre of Jews at the Tree of Life congregation in Pittsburgh — all were carried out by white supremacist nationalists, the greatest terrorist threat in America today.
What we are experiencing right now — in this moment that all of us are in — is a deliberate political strategy of fear and hate, that can and has turned to violence. As people of faith, we need to stand up to this violence and all institutions and forces that encourage it.”
On Tuesday I will vote for candidates who did not vote to eliminate pre-existing conditions and the Affordable Care act 70 times, who believe infants and young children should not be separated from their parent at the border, who believe a caravan of men, women and children over a thousand miles away attempting to escape totalitarian countries in Central America don’t warrant ordering 15,000 U.S. Army troops (more than are currently in /Afghanistan) to the border and who believe adding a trillion dollars to the annual deficit and using Social Security and Medicare to reduce it is unconscionable.

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