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How would Jesus vote?

Posted: November 1, 2008 3:27 p.m.
Updated: January 3, 2009 5:00 a.m.
 
At the start of World War II, my father was a young teenager going to a boy’s boarding school.

The Nazis came and closed the school. No reason was given, but this is a typical tactic to keep a conquered country ignorant.

The students were told to figure out a way to get home, young boys on their own. Except for a few Jewish boys. They were taken away; no one ever saw them again.

The Nazis had many rules and laws barring choices, rights, and freedom for many different peoples for any reason they felt like that we in the United States take for granted.

Proposition 8 is such a proposal. It bars a right from a class of people. I do not understand the intolerance of anyone who would support such a measure.

I hear all sorts of reasons in support of Proposition 8; none of them addresses the question of an individual’s right. A right given to everyone in the United States, unlike some counties where religious and/or political fanaticism prohibit many of the rights we enjoy.

I pray that we as a nation do not start on a path of intolerance, barring people from living where they want and how they want.

I read that some people are keeping their children home from school to protest a teachers’ union for its opposition to Proposition 8. I hope that the students did something educational on their day off, maybe a visit to the Museum of Tolerance?

I also read that some people are stealing signs promoting Proposition 8. This is wrong; everyone has the right to freedom of speech.

The complaint of intolerance is warranted. That is what the United States is about, freedom of speech.
But Proposition 8 would be forcing some people’s medieval view of a religion and will permanently outlaw an individual’s right. Is the next move to criminalize interfaith marriages? 

How far will this go? I have my own Christian beliefs, as do many of my friends who are of many different faiths and we oppose Proposition 8.

Jesus, more than 2,000 years ago, preached love, compassion and tolerance for everyone. Would it not be wonderful if everyone followed that idea, no animosity toward people who look different or have different beliefs?

It is my opinion that even he would say “no” to Proposition 8. Please stop the fear, stop the hate, vote “no” on Prop. 8.

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