The Un-Christian Christian Right
Date: Sat, 23 Sep 95 16:35:16 -0700
From: Peter Langston <psl>
Subject: The Un-Christian Christian Right
Letter to the Editor, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, 9/23/95:
Why have we allowed right-wing fundamentalists to usurp the appellation
"The Christian Right?" I am an evangelical Christian opposed to abortion
but am pro-choice. I am in favor of gun control, which many right-wing
fundamentalists oppose. I am solidly against cuts in welfare that affect
newborn U.S. citizens who have not asked to be born and who will suffer
needlessly if caps are indiscriminately placed on welfare.
Because Matthew 25 states unequivocally,: If ye have done it unto the
least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me," I believe that we
Christians must have as our first concern the welfare of others, whether
they are infants born in poverty or the adult homeless.
The callousness of the right-wing fundamentalists toward the poor among
us belies the exclusive use of "Christian" to describe their views.
Because I believe that my position is in tune with the views and lifelong
actions of Jesus himself, I want to be known as a Christian political
activist, but certainly do not want my position misconstrued as that of a
right-wing fundamentalist by the use of the term "Christian."
--Allan Ramerman, Bellingham WA
© 1995 Peter Langston