Bush policies overlook certain key values - Catholic Courier

Bush policies overlook certain key values

To the editor:

This presidential race was won in part, it seems, because of a set of “moral values” based in Christianity. Why is it that my lifelong Catholicism led me so clearly in the opposite direction? If we’re going to bring God into politics, then let’s talk about some of the Christian values that this administration seems to ignore. What about the clear principle taught by Jesus of caring for those who are in need? I don’t think he meant the pharmaceutical companies. People are struggling to make it in this country. People truly go to bed hungry, uncertain of what the next day may bring.

And what about Jesus’ teaching of acceptance of others? Jesus reached out to people who were different from him — even those who were shunned by society at the time. We seem to be afraid of anything that is different or unfamiliar to us. What about that tricky value of forgiveness? Yes, we have to stop those who hurt others, but do we have to kill them? Last I checked, thou shalt not kill was one of the pretty important commandments.

Although I came upon these values partly because of my Catholic roots, it seems to me that many of them are just “human values” that are shared by most people, regardless of their religion. If this administration is going to make decisions based on their Christian faith, then I hope they take a hard look at all the teachings of Jesus. In my estimation, they have missed some key ones.

Karen Crowe

Antlers Driver

Brighton

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