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Many people seem to be Democrat or Republican blindly. We ditto a stand or slogan, without examining the inconsistencies of our choice. We ask rhetorical questions and attack false extremes, and fail to ask hard and real questions to get real answers.

As a Christian who lives in a redeemed, but still sinful, world, I question the Christian conscience, but not the sincerity, of my fellow Christians; I fear that our inconsistencies mirror the hypocrisies Jesus condemned in the Pharisees. I suspect many a Pharisee was sincere.

Why does the self-styled religious right attack activist judges but support a judge because they hope he will overturn Roe v. Wade? It would seem more consistent for us to hope for an activist judge to overturn a bad law. Similarly, why do so many conservatives want a judge who follows only the Constitution as the law of the land but insist we are a Christian country based on Ten Commandments? Surely, to be a good Christian, we believe in laws more fundamental than the Constitution - those of God. I prefer Supreme Court justices guided more by the spirit of the law than its letter - and the spirit of the law involves a judge's conscience - Christian, Moslem or atheist.

Why do so many of us Christians support the death penalty when our Founder suffered it? How can so many of us Christians favor a war when Jesus blesses those who make peace? Why do so many of us Christians judge gay people as bad, while denying that we are judging others? Why do we pray - daily -for forgiveness, but exclude forgiveness from our culture and our legal system altogether? Why are so many of us afraid to depart from the herd-mentality of Republican rugged individualism or Democratic bandwagons in order to follow our own conscience?

Joris Heise

Rural Waynesville

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