There are two disturbing headlines. In fact, there are many disturbing headlines, yet the two most disturbing lately concerns the judgmental attitude of the Republican Party’s latest claim and the movement by the Georgia Baptist Association to boycott the public school system.
Taking the first concern makes one wonder to what lengths some members of the Republican Party will go in order to put their choice of president once again into the Oval Office.
I have no problem with those who differ with my opinions on a weekly basis. Everyone has one — an opinion that is — and if we all thought alike this world would be in a bigger mess than it is already.
But the sudden movement seems to be geared to those who dare to oppose the views of the Republican Party, especially if George W. Bush is not their choice come election day.
The most recent accusations seem to be unless one is a Republican, they are not recognized as a Christian by any person who plans to vote a Republican ticket come election day.
In other words, if you do not hate Bill Clinton, and do not think George W. is the best thing coming down the pike since sliced bread, your heart is just not right. Therefore, you love the evils of man and shy away from decency and clear thinking.
What on earth gave anyone the impression that unless you fall at the feet of George W. and declare him a devout “man of God” you are certainly incapable of righteousness? Much is being made of the Democrats’ choice to run against him as being Catholic, “filthy” rich, and wishy-washy.
If accounts of George W.’s are true, the President is far from being, or ever having been, a blue collar man, or in danger of seeking welfare status if he fails to be re-elected. He too is from wealth and has great wealth.
One reason the present administration is determined to continue the course of the war on Iraq continues to be the hidden agenda concerning the flow of oil.
I believe they now say we are seeking out terrorists in hiding. Well, how is that working?
We are constantly raising the colors that indicate higher possibilities that terrorist action here within the confines of these United States are imminent. If we can’t keep them off our own turf, how can we expect to rouse them out of their caves and holes in the grounds of Iraq?
When did the American people stop thinking for themselves and allow some to convince them that living a clean and pure Christian life has anything remotely connected with belonging to a certain political group?
Ron Reagan spoke at his father’s gravesite, telling us President Reagan never resorted to using religion for political gain. That seems to have stirred the ire of Republicans, who spoke out in righteous indignation denying they had in any way implied their “man of God” had ever used his religion as a tool in politics.
Then why are we faced with a battleground that has reared its ugly head promoted by the “conservatives” pitted against the evil “liberals?” Why have all who oppose their sitting president’s agenda been labeled as non-Christian? It seems to take a lot of false accusations these days from both sides of the political arena to put any man in office.
When one enters the race, the ethics are left at the qualifying booth.
The other issue that will require more words to cover than this column can contain is the decision that has come before the Southern Baptist Convention to remove “Baptist” children from the public schools “because their rights as Christians to speak out expressing their beliefs has been taken to new levels.”
Maybe so, but I do not believe in giving God ultimatums.
I also do not believe only the righteous have established the perfect party with the perfect man leading.
We have come a long way in destroying a united effort to bring people together regardless of their political beliefs.
The animosity the “ins” seem to have toward the “outs” has reached an all-time high.
Mary Sauceman, a resident of LaFayette, writes a weekly column for the Walker County Messenger