'Beware of false prophets'

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Even though I was born and reared in the South, I lived and worked in Pittsburgh for several years. During that time, I had the misfortune to be represented in Congress by Rick Santorum.

The keystone of Mr. Santorum’s campaign for office and the policies he supported in Congress was his unyielding commitment to anti-abortion causes and his opposition to any family-planning advocacy. He was such an unsatisfactory representative that even the strongly Catholic electorate in Pittsburgh, where anti-abortion sentiment is very strong, voted him out of office.

His absurd attack on President Obama’s faith is either an expression of ignorance of the Constitution, or a willingness to resort to callous lies for political purposes. The expectation that a religious organization or corporation involved in operating a public institution or service should follow the same laws all other corporations is a consequence of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution, which ensures that the government will not establish a state religion or give special preference to any religion. This is the foundation of the religious freedom that we Americans enjoy.

Mr. Obama was defending the Constitution, as required by his oath of office, when his administration ruled that employees rights were protected, even if they worked for institutions sponsored by a church.

Jesus Christ tells us to “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. ”(Matt. 7:15-16) What are these fruits that are characteristics of the Christian faith?

When John the Baptist sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah, Jesus’ response was “Go and tell John what you hear and see: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, and the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised and the poor have good news brought to them.” (Matthew 11:4–5)

Do the policies advocated by the Republican candidates, and Mr. Santourm in particular, conform to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Or do their policies “sell the innocent for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals” (Amos 2:6)?

Allen Smith

North Augusta, S.C.

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carcraft
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carcraft 02/26/12 - 10:28 pm
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I do believe there is

I do believe there is something in that amedment that states "Or the free exercise there of". Requiring religous institutions to fund something that violates there religious beliefs, I do believe interfers with the free exercise of thier relligion! No nobody is forced to work for the Catholic Church, so if the catholic Church doesn't offer birth control and I want it payed for then I won't work for the Catholic Church. The benefits offered by various employers varies and is by no means uniform based on position and institution or business. I should know I work for PPG at Georgia Health Sciences University. The Docs get a heck of a lot better benefits than I do! Well I guess maybe Obama can make it fair by taxing the richer than I am...LOL

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carcraft 02/26/12 - 10:34 pm
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Well lets look at how much

Well lets look at how much Joe Biden gives to the poor and you tell me if he is "Selling all he has and is giving it to the Poor" BWAHAHAHAHA Or what about, "If one harms one of this little ones it would be better for a stone to be tied around his neck and he were cast into a mill pond". Or what about "as ye do unto the lest of these" So a little baby born alive has to be the least of these and Obama voted to allow it to be left to die if it were born after a botched abortion, and then lied about it. You got your talking points in so it is OK! Some thing about by thier fruits you will know them so I guess the lies and decit practiced by this administration is OK?

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impossible 02/26/12 - 10:35 pm
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MR. Smith. A prophet you are
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MR. Smith. A prophet you are not. One definition of a prophet is "truth teller." Santorum didn't question Obama's faith, whatever it is, but his "theology." They are not the same thing. If you heard his remarks instead of listening to the spin machines, you would know that - or maybe you did.

Perhaps Obama is "the One," because, like God, he must love the poor, because he created so many of them.

impossible
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impossible 02/26/12 - 10:57 pm
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Mr. Santorum didn't question
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Mr. Santorum didn't question Obama's faith but his "theology." Faith and theology are not the same thing. You obviously didn't listen to his comments but instead bought into the major media-Obama spin machine - or not.

Torcaso vs. Watkins. In the 1961 decision, Justice Hugo Black commented in a footnote, "Among religions in this country which do not teach what would generally be considered a belief in the existence of God are Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture, Secular Humanism, and others." Obama and his administration seem quite determined to make secular humanism the state religion. Unlike Mr. Santorum, I definitely question Obama’s faith in Christianity, but perhaps not his faith in Islam or Secular Humanism.

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Iwannakno 02/26/12 - 11:36 pm
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You mean an ignorance of the
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You mean an ignorance of the constitution say like...forcing people to buy health insurance and fining them if they don't? Politicians stink and the 2 party system sucks!

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Fundamental_Arminian 02/27/12 - 05:25 am
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Do the policies advocated by

    Do the policies advocated by the Republican candidates, and Mr. Santourm in particular, conform to the call of the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Or do their policies “sell the innocent for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals” (Amos 2:6)? (Allen Smith)

Ron Paul's faith and philosophy square with the Constitution and the Bible. As for false prophets, what about someone who promises to exit a war early and provide open, honest government along with change we can believe in? Wouldn't someone who breaks those promises be a false prophet?

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nofanofobama 02/27/12 - 06:41 am
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mr smith...you say obumler is

mr smith...you say obumler is defending the constitution. what about immigration laws he chooses to ignore..so its ok to pick and chose??? also your understanding of the constitution is flawed at best ..where does the constitution give the prez the sole power to mandate purchase of his obumler care or where does it require that individuals or companies buy condoms etc for others.what of religious conscious... i realize there are libs who want the govt to take care of all their needs and their wants with other people money..but dont use scripture to justify govt theft of tax dollars and freedoms...after all scripture does say if a man wont work neither should he be fed .and taking care of the poor as scripture does state ...means widow and orphans..short term help in diasters etc..but no where does it endorses long term govt intervention for those who wont work...that would be a sin.. but care of the poor should belong to the church on a local level..

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copperhead 02/27/12 - 06:43 am
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Here we go

Here we go AGAIN,cherry-picking bible verses to further your agenda! Why not quote the koran? Use it to argue your agenda? We all know that muslims are the most peace-loving and tolerant people on the face of the earth!

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TNTHOMSON 02/27/12 - 09:29 am
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Somewhere it also is written:

Somewhere it also is written: Beware of liberal 'prophets' who come to you intent on deceiving the masses and distorting the Constitution in an evil lust for power and Socialism.

You will know these liberals by their loyal followers who are poorly educated, entrapped by entitlements and blinded by false promises of 'fairness' and 'wealth redistribution'.....

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nofanofobama 02/27/12 - 09:44 am
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defending the constitution by

defending the constitution by asking black churches to advocate his re-election through african-americans for obama in the churches is a direct violation of the constitution...but not for the libs***with an ever-changing breathing constitution **you can make it whatever you want whenever you want...like king obumler does...when law is not king then we have a king!!!!!!!!!

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specsta 02/27/12 - 10:24 am
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It's nice to see someone else

It's nice to see someone else supporting our President. Good letter, Mr. Smith.

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allhans 02/27/12 - 03:34 pm
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It can't be easy trying to

It can't be easy trying to get the liberal message across with no basis for the argument.

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TK3 02/27/12 - 11:05 am
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Elect Dr.Paul and help

Elect Dr.Paul and help eliminate the I.R.S. terrorist organization, help keep religion and state separate, restore the Constitution/Bill Of Rights, sound HARD currency, build an economy not dependent on war production, restore privacy and individual-liberty and end the bloody oil & religious war invasions/occupations and bring troops home NOW for OUR defense.

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Little Lamb 02/27/12 - 11:17 am
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TK3's reasons for liking Ron

TK3's reasons for liking Ron Paul are very solid, and I agree with all those principles. Unfortunately I have a rule not to vote for a septuagenarian for high office. That rules out Paul and Gingrich.

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Little Lamb 02/27/12 - 11:16 am
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Letter writer Allen Smith

Letter writer Allen Smith wrote:

Mr. Obama was defending the Constitution, as required by his oath of office, when his administration ruled that employees rights were protected, even if they worked for institutions sponsored by a church.

Sorry, Mr. Smith, but just because some law passed by Congress allows the Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare write some rules that force some citizens to do things; that does not equate to "employee rights."

Rights are God-given. Government force constitutes "might," not rights. Forcing every health insurance policy in America to have coverage for everything Kathleen Sibelius wants is government force run amok. It is tyranny. There is nothing Constitutional about it.

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Jane18 02/27/12 - 11:33 am
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I just hate it when someone

I just hate it when someone tries, get it, tries, to quote scripture for their own personal views. Since some of you like to put down the true meaning of The word, I am not going to waste it on you(you know"....casting pearls.........."), so, Ill just say to Mr. Smith, wrong, wrong, wrong, on all three of the points you were "trying" to make.

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happychimer 02/27/12 - 12:11 pm
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Good work allen Smith. I

Good work allen Smith. I agree with you.

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burninater 02/27/12 - 02:20 pm
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I just hate it when someone

I just hate it when someone tries, get it, tries, to quote scripture for their own personal views.
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Um. Was that supposed to read, "I just hate it when someone besides me tries, get it, tries, to quote scripture for their own personal views"?

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jbartley 02/27/12 - 02:55 pm
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MR. Smith, If this president

MR. Smith,
If this president is a Christian please show me one picture of him or his family going to a church since he has become the President. I am not saying going to Church makes him a Christian, all I am saying is I have not seen a picture of him or his family going to Church since he was elected!

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bjphysics 02/27/12 - 03:01 pm
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I want to see the certified

I want to see the certified long form picture of Obama going to church.

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allhans 02/27/12 - 03:44 pm
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Seeing Obama entering the

Seeing Obama entering the doors of a church 6 days a week and twice on Sunday would not make his outrageous polices any more acceptable.
Anybody can claim a faith - that don't make it so.

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David Parker 02/27/12 - 04:14 pm
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As everybody probably already

As everybody probably already knows, Mr. Santorum blinks too much when he speaks. There are folks who over-blink and I don't necessarily pause about it, but then some (ala Slick Santorum) are quite provocative. Sorry, it's just a thing with me.

Note to GOP: Ride this pony all the way. Mitt isn't as "eye-catching" as the Santorum-nator. I made a pun HAH!

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bjphysics 02/27/12 - 04:15 pm
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If Jesus accompanied the

If Jesus accompanied the Obama family from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church, Rush Limbaugh would tell his listeners Jesus is Jewish and therefore no authority on Christianity.

Fox and the fringe echo chamber would chime in comparing his hair length to members of the OWS crowd and reminding its listeners of his violent anti-Capitalist activities; given that he overturned tables and expelled the money changers from his “Father’s house”.

Follow up reports would detail a deed and title investigation showing Jesus had no claim to Temple ownership and was therefore attempting an extra-judicial appropriation of private property for a nefarious Socialist wealth redistribution plot.

The First Family Goes to Church

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2011/12/the-first-family-goes-to-ch...

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carcraft 02/27/12 - 04:40 pm
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As long as Obama is going to

As long as Obama is going to Church it would be nice if telling the truth once in a while would rub off on him...

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Bruno 02/27/12 - 04:51 pm
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bj, your assertion cannot be

bj, your assertion cannot be proven so it can be dismissed as nothing more than empty hyperbole.

As to "Mr. Obama was defending the Constitution, as required by his oath of office, when his administration ruled that employees rights were protected, even if they worked for institutions sponsored by a church." that is not true. If you believe in the separation of church and state as has been decided by numerous court cases you can not agree with Obama's position and remain intellectually honest.
I don't know about Obama's faith or Santorum's for that matter as that is between them and God. The plank in my eye is big enough for me to worry about.

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owensjef3 02/27/12 - 05:44 pm
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Now they want pictures of the
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Now they want pictures of the President going to Church. Oh Boy!

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owensjef3 02/27/12 - 05:50 pm
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Jimmy Carter went to church
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Jimmy Carter went to church more than any other modern president, Ronald Reagan rarely attended. Yet the right hates Carter and loves Reagan. President Obama could live in church and it wouldn't make any difference because it's not about church attendance.
Credit to below website

http://dailyhurricane.com/2010/08/ronald-reagan-was-a-muslim.html

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skeptic griggsy 02/27/12 - 06:00 pm
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Sanatorium would decimate the
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Sanatorium would decimate the GOP! So, it's a misfortune that he can't win Michigan tomorrow!
This is a secular republic! Theo-cons and theocrats, stop lying!
Allen,thank you!

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freeradical 02/27/12 - 10:12 pm
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Obama's dark theology dejour

Obama's dark theology dejour is mammon.

And his false prophet of mammon is Warren Buffet, a lying snake

with a forked tongue slithering around in the dark making provision

that the laws he advocates for others when Obama is parading arm

and arm with him do not negatively affect his own portfolio.

Obama believes that if only people were not struggling for more

mammon they would not be tearing apart shopping malls trying to kill

police for $100 sneakers.

Obama believes that if only families had a fairer share of mammon their

children would not be commiting mass murder and slaughter at middle

schools in Ohio.

In fact according to Obama's theology we should all be slaves to more

mammon.

" Ye cannot serve God and mammon"
(Matthew 6:24)

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