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Obama a man of faith? Friday, 3 July 2009

Posted by R Garfield in Drifting, Political, The Left Side, Views On News.
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President Obama draws fire from evangelicals because he does not support ultra-right-wing agendas.  However, recent news articles have identified Obama as more overtly displaying his faith than most presidents in recent memory, including George W. Bush.

“This administration has used faith more overtly than any other in its first hundred days,” says Barry Lynn, executive director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State. “That includes Bush.”

The news stories go on to say that his overt faith-based initiatives could cost him the support of the Democratic base.

Drawing Fire

Of course, the news reports drew immediate fire themselves. Most of it was based on ‘if you do not believe as a I believe, you don’t believe at all.’ People on the right whose faith is central to their public lives are quick to state that Obama’s faith is a sham, designed to ‘deceive the very elect’ and lead the USA into godlessness and the abandonment of Christian principles.

Full disclosure: there are a number of areas where I disagree with the President concerning statements he has made concerning Christianity. But I consider most members of the far right to be hypocrites who ‘deceive’ and garner followers among evangelicals by paying lip service only Christian principles. Can anyone say ‘Sanford?’

Someone close to me has said she prefers the far-right-sided liars. I don’t. I prefer to know when someone disagrees with me from the get-go, rather finding out about their ‘indiscretions’ in news reports.

Principles vs. Beliefs

If i were enumerating Christian principles, I would include those of honor and integrity. I would also include communicating with others, rather than preaching down to them. St. Francis is credited with saying, “preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Matthew 5:16 (KJV) says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

I think Obama’s definition of Christianity is different than mine. But I don’t believe for a minute he is shamming his faith. His is holding true to the vision of his faith despite its unpopularity with both the right and the left.

Does the fact that the President’s faith differs from yours really mean he is faithless? He is being true to his princples, and his beliefs. That’s far more than I credit many of his followers with doing.

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Like father, like son? Thursday, 6 April 2006

Posted by R Garfield in Local, Night, Political, The Left Side.
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Steve Dougherty, son of former Gate City Mayor Charles 'JR' Dougherty, Jr., is running for a spot on town council. I've been told by a fairly reputable source that he allegedly has about 100 absentee ballots to his credit now.

If you want to ask a question such as, "how can anyone know that?" … I'm right there with you. How can anyone know this? My assumption is that the political machinery that has operated so well in past Scott County elections have brought in 100 pre-filled ballots loyal Republican absentee voters, who are expected to vote for anyone the Kilgores want them to vote for the 'party' line.

If anyone actually knows who is voting for whom at this point in time, let alone the numbers, then you've gotta know, something's rotten in Scott County. The stench just hasn't reached the courtrooms yet.

I'd like to think I could support JR's son, were he elected, but the fact is, I will never trust anyone who wins any election in Scott County by an absentee landslide.

Regional SWVA Democratic Leadership Group Saturday, 21 January 2006

Posted by R Garfield in The Left Side.
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A letter I thought I would share:

A group of young people from SWVA are meeting to organize a new Democratic leadership group that we hope will bridge the gap between election cycles in keeping the party alive, growing, and structured.

Young Democrats see a need for better organization of local parties and more communication between the counties. This will help our Democratic committees and candidates by giving them a more “coordinated campaign” with a better local focus than the state Democratic party is providing to Southwest Virginia.

The meeting room at Fishtales in Norton has been reserved for the first meeting this Tuesday, January 24 at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to help organize this group and get active, or know someone else who would, please feel free to join us!

~Tabitha Peace

tabithapeace@hotmail.com