Candidates’ character

Nov 7, 2016 by

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I was appalled at your editorial on Donald Trump (“Rape Culture Exposed,” Oct. 24), to the exclusion of Hillary Clinton’s lies, deceit and cover-ups. We are not electing a church leader. The candidates do not have the qualifications of a bishop or apostle.

These issues should guide our voting: Who will appoint Supreme Court justices who stand for freedom of religion — or who will vote their own liberal opinions? Who will promote the unborn child’s right to life — or who will support abortion, even late-term? Who is committed to protect Israel — or who says Israel can defend itself? Who will protect the people’s right to practice their faith without being discriminated against — or what party allows Christian values to be threatened? Who believes marriage is between one man and one woman — or who will fight to end discrimination of sex, gender and sexual orientation, even in elementary school restrooms? Who will lower taxes — or who will raise taxes and increase the national debt?

The election should not be determined by the character of the candidates but by the issues. May the Lord lead us to vote for moral and spiritual values.

Sanford C. Oyer
Wooster, Ohio


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  • Dale Welty

    Mr. Oyer, Thank you very much for this letter. It also expresses my thoughts very well. President elect and Vice President elect Pence have their work cut out for them. Dale Welty

    • Keith Wiebe

      Really it’s very easy. Just get the old establishment to do your work. You know, the establishment he railed against during the campaign and the establishment that created the mess.

  • Jerry C. Stanaway

    Trump has promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who will overturn the 1973 Supreme Court decision Roe vs. Wade. He’s even put out a list of prospective judges that pro-life experts have identified as pro-life judges. Why would a Mennonite prefer a pro-abortion hawk who is a congenital liar and who takes millions of dollars in contributions from nations that discriminate against women and LGBT people as president to Trump? Our confession of faith says abortion is violent and against the will of God. Little babies are being slaughtered legally by the thousands. Why not make opposing this a litmus test for all politicians? It’s obscene, evil, barbaric, and untenable to be “pro-choice”, and it cannot be tolerated.

    • Keith Wiebe

      Are you ok with a 12 year old being forced to give birth from an incest rape? Are you ok with forcing any age women to give birth from a rape and at the same time give the raper parental rights? There’s many reasons for abortion and to ignore any of them is short sighted. But to say that someone is “pro-abortion” is a half truth. But on the flip side why can you believe anything Trump says when he lied 90 percent of the time on the campaign trail? You’ve been hoodwinked.

      • Jerry C. Stanaway

        Of course I am against abortion for a 12 year old. I’m a Mennonite pacifist. If war is always wrong with no exceptions, how can it possibly be okay to kill the unborn under extreme circumstances? You are either for or against killing people-but go ahead and work toward banning abortions except for extreme circumstances. We’ll ban the extreme examples you bring up later.

        • Debra B. Stewart

          What’s your stand on the death penalty?

    • Debra B. Stewart

      Abortion is legal, the law of the land. If you have a problem with that, hire a lawyer and get it overturned. I don’t know if I could ever have made the decision to have an abortion, but I DO know I don’t have the right to deny that decision to any other woman. IMHO, the decision to have an abortion should be made by a woman, her doctor and her god. The government has no business in it, nor does the church.

      • Dale Welty

        Abortion may be legal, but it is still murder of innocent human beings in the womb and a violation of scripture. Dale Welty

        • Debra B. Stewart

          You might want to re-read my remark and take my advice. Hire a lawyer and get the law changed. Commenting here ain’t gonna get ‘er done.

      • Jerry C. Stanaway

        Why do you tolerate the murder of innocent little babies? You are a supporter of child abuse. Why can’t males oppose child abuse? if you oppose equal rights for the unborn you are prejudiced.

  • Craig and Karen Long

    Shalom Aleichem, citizens of the Eternal Kingdom and of this current administration! Yahshua Rules! His Kingdom knows no end, and He and His Father are zealous for Zion, the City of the Great King!

    • Keith Wiebe

      And Jesus wept.

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