1:30 PM EDT, April 10, 2012
Some churchmen take exception to some of President Barack Obama's positions on matters of faith. I suggest these men of faith take a closer look at the true meaning of religion. All three Abrahamic religions — Christianity, Judaism and Islam — have as their central theme the commandments to protect the widow and orphan, to clothe the naked, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless. That is termed social justice. All this talk about contraception, in my mind, is just superficial chatter totally missing the central message of religion.
What should concern all of us and especially people of faith is the position taken by many of our politicians and embodied in Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, and that is to shred our nation's social programs that are designed to help the most vulnerable in our society who we are commanded by the Bible to assist. These programs provide food, shelter, health care and education to those struggling to survive. The Ryan budget would protect benefits to millionaires and multinational corporations.
It is President Obama who is opposing these godless efforts. Those supporting the Republican budget position cannot understand the message of their religion and cannot, in my opinion, be considered as genuine people of faith.
Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore
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