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Culleton: Trump's treatment of children troubling; Democratic debates should be of interest to all

You are reading this column on Tuesday but it is written on Sunday. For Christians, that is the day of religious worship. Christians are tasked with reading and following the gospels of the New Testaments. In the gospels there are frequently references to children, e.g. in Mathew.

The King James Version of Matthew's gospel relates that: “At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, ‘Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

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“And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.’”

And later in the same sermon: “Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 18:1-10. King James Version)

The teachings of Jesus reach beyond those who call themselves Christians; the Muslim prophet Mohammed recognized Jesus as a prophet. Indeed no religion of any consequence practiced in this country that I am aware of countenances the abuse of children.

Given this universality of condemnation of abuse of children it is difficult to see how any citizen can continue supporting a president who uses the abuse of children as a political tool. But Donald J. Trump and his regime do exactly that to detained immigrant children. We reportedly have nursing babies ripped from their mothers’ arms, children denied the tools of basic cleanliness, children sleeping on concrete slabs; the list goes on. They would be better off if they were domestic dogs; we have laws protecting those animals.

But wait; there is more. Trump is accused of abusing women. This was known before his first election. Remember the Access Hollywood tape? Some of his accusers may be making up false claims, but all of them? For example he claims he does not know his most recent accuser but there is photographic evidence to the contrary.

Bill Clinton was accused by several women of sexual misconduct yet was reelected. Two wrongs, however, don't make a right.

More recently Trump has come within 10 minutes of a retaliatory strike against Iran over the downing of a very expensive American drone aircraft. The last thing our nation needs is an additional war in the Middle East.

Wednesday and Thursday nights this week at 9 p.m. the Democratic party will conduct debates of its 20 leading candidates for president, 10 each night. Whether you intend to vote for Trump or not it should be a manner of interest to see what these candidates have to offer. Here are the lineups each evening.

The first group of 10 appearing on Wednesday: Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, former Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, former Rep. John Delaney of Maryland, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, former Housing Secretary Julián Castro, Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

The second group of 10 appearing on Thursday: Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Sen. Kamala Harris of California, former Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, Author Marianne Williamson, Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado.

Often, the Republicans are accused of pursuing “tribal politics” in their struggles with the Democrats. Unfortunately, some Democratic candidates are displaying the same tendency in an attempt to reduce the margins of current poll leader Biden. In my view this behavior is harmful to the Democratic cause because Biden is also the leading Democrat against Trump.

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