Readers' Views: Some liberals are guided by biblical values

Some liberals are guided by biblical values Election time again, and here come the values voters, proclaiming Christian values to be synonymous with conservative values -- to the exclusion of people with whom they disagree. Ponder this: Perhaps v...

Some liberals are guided

by biblical values

Election time again, and here come the values voters, proclaiming Christian values to be synonymous with conservative values -- to the exclusion of people with whom they disagree.

Ponder this: Perhaps values voters include liberals. Could liberals have values and vote their values, and in some cases even vote their Christian values?

Such Christian values are reflected in many anti-war voters who take seriously the words of Isaiah, that nations who follow the Lord "shall beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. Or the words of Christ, who admonished in the book of Matthew, "All who take the sword will perish by the sword."


Such values motivate many who work to end poverty and economic injustice, heeding the words of Christ with their vote. "As you did it to one of the least of these, my brethren, you did it to me," giving to the hungry and the poor, welcoming the stranger, caring for the sick and imprisoned," he said in Matthew.

Such values inspire many who advocate universal access to health care, believing we are called as a nation to follow the example of the good Samaritan, who treated wounds and provided care without regard for the social or economic status of the sufferer.

Contemplate this: Most Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and others lead good lives, many holding political views based on their values. And if you can, consider people who profess no faith at all but lead charitable lives, whose choices in the voting booth are informed by charitable values.

Neither conservative Christians nor any other single group has an exclusive lock on values. The values voter: enough of this narrow, self-serving concept. We all have values. And we vote.

Paul Martin


Obama's stand on abortion

against God's law


Unchanging natural moral law would be binding even if there were no religions, sects or cults of denominations. Hitler caused the deaths of 6 million Jews and about 8 million or 10 million others in his concentration camps. Stalin starved and killed even more before ever getting into World War II. And their war killed millions more. Since 1973, Americans directly or through political support have killed more than 50 million preborn babies surgically and many multiples of that through abortifacient pills.

Barack Obama has pledged to make abortion a federal right with no restrictions allowed in any state and forcefully financed by all taxpayers regardless of conscience. He pledges to appoint only pro-abortion judges and to possibly even deny personhood to babies who survive abortion. These babies could be left to die unattended on sideboards and in agony.

The natural law, besides being written into our very intelligence, was given even more clearly by God through Moses on Mount Sinai with the Ten Commandments. "Thou shalt not kill" is very evident.

Additionally, even imperfect civil law recognizes and punishes not only the doer of a crime but also any who aid and abet. Here I write only for myself. I am retired and not under any ecclesiastical appointment. But I do know Catholic moral theology and have years of pastoral experience in the faith I know to be true and which I adhere to.

This said: I would expect that if I were to vote for Obama and then die without true repentance, I would deservedly go straight to hell. My advice: Pray for an honest conscience and the courage to obey it.

Father Richard Partika


Aquarium would be a


good addition to UMD

University of Minnesota Duluth Chancellor Kathryn A. Martin's interest, however tentative, in adding the Great Lakes Aquarium to her university's presence in the Northland is good news ("Chancellor expresses interest in UMD-run aquarium," Sept. 17).

UMD has actively supported the aquarium since the facility was first conceived. The aquarium board has always had representatives of the administration and faculty, beginning with the zeal of Dr. Robert Heller in 1989.

The founders of Lake Superior Center, which evolved into today's aquarium, originally planned a place that taught environmental responsibility through engaging exhibits and an education department, as well as a freshwater science center with research initiatives. Restoring emphasis on scientific disciplines would be a good fit and, in a way, a fulfillment of the center's earliest mission.

It would strengthen UMD and not diminish the aquarium's proven public appeal.

Donn Larson


Economic plan straight

out of Hoover's playbook

President Bush and the Republicans must have been using Herbert Hoover's playbook on managing the economy.

Jerry Wheeler


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