Sunday, April 17, 2005

Thurman H.

Since when did it become necessary to become a
Republican to be a Christian?

My name is Thurman Hart and I live in Jersey City,
NJ. I was raised in an independent Church of Christ
and am currently a member of the United Methodist
Church. I was taught the Bible was the basis of
Christian belief from the time I could read. Much of
my childhood was spent memorizing Bible verses and
learning how each of these small bits tied together
into a cohesive theology. I stand today as a
Christian man to say that I oppose Senator Bill Frist,
Representative Tom DeLay, and anyone else who attempts
to twist the holy words of Jesus to further their own
political goals.

Jesus spoke these words almost two thousand years
ago, and Republicans would do well to remember them:
"The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: All
therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that
observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for
they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and
grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders;
but they themselves will not move them with one of
their fingers." (Matthew 23: 2-4).

The Bible speaks harshly of leaders who mistreat the
poor and the weak while building their own wealth.
One of the Ten Commandments says very specifically,
"Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in
vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that
taketh his name in vain." Yet this is exactly what
the Republican leadership is doing when they say that
Democrats are opposing their judicial nominations
because they hate Christians. Republicans are lying
through their teeth and they are shaking their first
at the very Bible in which they say they believe.

The fact is that every single judicial appointment is
opposed because of a specific record of acts against
the best interests of justice. The fact is that the
very same people that Republicans are trying to put on
the bench are being put there because, and not
despite, they have issued a significant number of
verdicts and opinions that are not in keeping with the
mainstream view of justice. They certainly do not
reflect the words of Jesus who said, "Love each other
as I have loved you." Remember – Jesus loved us
enough to die for us. I don’t see Republicans even
opening their wallets for the rest of us.


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