Regarding Tom Zwemer's letter "Religious right lacks compassion" (July 18): Mr. Zwemer, said the religious right speaks without love, peace, mercy, etc., in the style of Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, and Ann Coulter.
Have you listened to John Kerry, Ted Kennedy or Howard Dean lately? They speak without kindness and they speak with pure hate, especially Dean. You said their political agendas belie their "alleged faith." I do not care for the Clintons, Al Sharpton or Dean, but it's not my place to judge their faith.
O'Reilly only gets harsh with people (the left or right) that could hurt this country or its residents, especially hurt our children. He supports more charities than I can list here. All of his profits from his O'Reilly Factor products which are 100 percent made in America, go to charities. I don't think that shows a lack of compassion.
I think Mr. Zwemer is judging people from liberal blogs. If the majority of people thought Republicans were uncompassionate, evil people, we wouldn't have a Republican president. The Republicans would not have House and Senate majorities; O'Reilly would not have the No. 1 cable news show on television; and Limbaugh and Sean Hannity would not have the No. 1 and No. 2 radio programs in the country.
I think what Mr. Zwemer hears as harshness are people tired of this country having to trade in religious beliefs and moral values for political correctness, and it is showing at the polls more and more. The direction a person leans politically doesn't determine their degree of compassion or faith. It would be fair to say that most people could show more of both.
Jason Wallenzine, North Augusta, S.C.