A Biblical Reason to Vote Against Mitt Romney
Nnpa Columnist | , George E. Curry | 5/24/2012, 3:12 p.m.
Regardless of where one comes down on the issue, it is the height of political naivete to expect that we will ever find any politician with whom we can agree on every issue. And the nation's first Black president is no exception.
Opponents of same-sex marriage are quick to quote Leviticus 18:22, which states: "Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is an abomination (KJV)."
If we are going to apply a single-issue test to President Obama, Mitt Romney should not be given a pass.
The Bible also says in Deuteronomy 15:7, "If there be among you a poor man of one of thy bretheren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shall not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother (KJV)."
And what does Romney say about the poor?
"I'm in this race because I care about Americans. I'm not concerned about the very poor. We have a safety net there. If it needs repair, I'll fix it," he said in an interview with CNN. " I'm not concerned about the very rich; they're doing just fine. I'm concerned about the very heart of America, the 90 percent, 95 percent of Americans who right now are struggling."
Romney's support of Republican proposals in Congress designed to gut the safety net is further proof that he is not concerned about the very poor.
If some African-Americans, albeit a small number, are seriously considering voting against President Obama solely because they do not agree with his views on same-sex marriage, they should apply a litmus test to Mitt Romney and vote against him because he's not concerned about the very poor.
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