In my sidebar are a few links to individuals who frequently write about politics. I'm thinking of two in particular. Their views differ widely. They are both intelligent and thoughtful, both believers in Jesus Christ, both people who seek to practice what they preach, both people of integrity who have my deepest admiration and respect. One is quite conservative. The other is quite--shhhh-- liberal.
I tend to agree with one more than the other. Not saying which. Both of them make me think, and that is enough. I don't have to agree with people to value their insights.
Sojourners has a bumper sticker I'd like to acquire. It says;
GOD IS NOT A REPUBLICAN...OR A DEMOCRAT!
Could the "evangelical" community PLEASE stop sniping at people in (at best) mean spirited ways, or (at worst) with outright lies and slander? Are we so stupid that we really think any piece of trash that arrives in our email is truth? Have you not all received a sweetly worded "Christian" attempt to get you to hand over your bank account information so that some lovely brother or sister far away can give you millions of dollars? Did you believe it? Are you still forwarding the email about Jane Fonda? Or the one that claims Microsoft is going to track email and all involved will receive money?
The more I receive horrid pieces of writing about Hillary Clinton, the more I like her. I note that none of the numerous emails I have received, some shocking in their hatred, discuss her position on issues. That is because, contrary to popular belief, she is far less "liberal" than some of her competition. We just like to hate her. It's so nice to feel superior.
And as for Barack Obama--yesterday I received one more email warning me that he won't even salute the flag. Oh, the horror of it! And he is a secret radical Muslim with terrorist backing. After all, that name says it all, don't you think? Both facts are, in fact, lies. Since when is it okay to gossip, to slander, to repeat any amount of damaging "information" without checking to see if it is actually....um....true?
Last time I checked, "Thou shalt not bear false witness" was still one of the Ten Commandments.
STOP IT! STOP IT! STOP IT!
It's a long time till election day. Sigh. Put this link to Snopes on your desktop. Pay particular attention to the POLITICS link. And if you send me one more piece of information trashing someone, I may vote for them out of spite.