William Carlisle’s recent letter makes me think he reads a different Bible than mine if he thinks Donald Trump stands for Christian values. The following quote by presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg says it best: “I do think it’s strange, knowing that no matter where you are politically, the gospel is so much about inclusion and decency and humility and care for the least among us, that a wealthy, powerful, chest-thumping, self-oriented, philandering figure like Trump can have any credibility at all among religious people.”
Mr. Carlisle must also read different history books than I read. It’s no coincidence that the change from the solid Democratic south to the solid Republican south occurred when the Democrats under Kennedy and Johnson supported the civil rights movement. The switch was all about racism, and had little to do with religious piety.
The most revealing part of Carlisle’s letter was his absurd advice to ignore the work of fact checkers, indicating that his opinions may not stand up to truth-based scrutiny. No doubt his alternative advice is to take the word of a congenital liar who has at last count told us more that 9,400 lies in his two years in office. Carlisle’s version of the ninth commandment must read – Thou shalt not bear false witness unless thou art Donald Trump. Truth matters, Mr. Carlisle.
The comments trying to score political points using the non-existent issue of infanticide are disgusting. Any doctor will tell you that late term abortions are extremely rare and only happen in desperate circumstances where the life of the mother is in jeopardy or the child is afflicted with some horrible defect. That is an intensely personal and heart-wrenching decision for the parents. But people like Mr. Carlisle would inject the government into the situation, declare those unfortunate people criminals and turn their pain into political capital. It’s hard to sink lower than that.
My Bible says that Jesus was a champion of the meek, the poor, the sick, the homeless, and the oppressed. I don’t see any of that in the political positions of the Republican party. I wonder if Mr. Carlisle sees that quality in Donald Trump?