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Ever since the Moral Majority first appeared on the political scene in the early 80's, "Biblical morality" has had a bad name among many who call themselves "progressives". It is equated with narrowminded, judgmental attitudes toward sexuality and family structure.

In fact, the Moral Majority values have little or nothing to do with the Bible. The Bible says nothing about abortion and very little about homosexuality, and the latter passages can be interpreted in ways that don't rule out consensual loving relations between same-sex partners. These "moral majority" hot button issues are just more emotionally-laden tricks dreamed up by hypocritical, detestable preachers and politicians in their right-wing think tanks. Another such trick is the rapture cult, which, through false interpretations of the Bible, has led many Christians to look forward to nuclear holocaust as the supposed fulfillment of God's will. Then there's the war on drugs, or rather on the poor who turn to drugs, when Jesus explicitly said that it's not what goes into the body that pollutes us, but rather what we put out.

The Bible does indeed make a clear distinction between good and evil, but the moral majority's issues are not the Bible's issues. The Bible stresses loving one's neighbor, sacrificing for others as Jesus did for us, showing compassion and mercy, forgiving, fulfilling one's responsibilities, charity to the poor, justice, truthfulness, humility.

Bush and Cheney are evil people, as are those around them. They murder, cheat, lie and steal, shamelessly and ruthlessly. They have amassed huge private fortunes through the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, at the expense of the American people, the lives of American soldiers, and of countless Iraqis and Afghanis, not to mention the great harm done by nuclear pollution, the destruction of the US reputation internationally, etc.

Now Bush and Cheney have forced through legislation that gives them absolute power and suspends the rule of law. They have utterly corrupted the Congress, and cowed the people into submissiveness through control of the media and "the war on terror".

We all must choose between good and evil. We like to think that people are a mixture, but there are those who make wicked choices consistently, and attain predatory positions of power where they do great harm. These people are evil, through and through. Perhaps they are redeemable, but it would take public repentance and an effort to undo some of the mischief and make reparations- highly unlikely, in the case of Bush and Cheney.

All public officials, including candidates for Congress, have to take an oath to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign AND DOMESTIC. Congress has a Constitutional duty to bring impeachment proceedings against blatant evildoers, Constitution-shredders, in the White House. Only 39 brave Congresspeople, out of 435, have signed on to Conyers HR 635, which would start the necessary investigation into impeachable offenses.

The Bible tells us to not to walk with evil people. Most of those now in Congress have chosen to play ball with Bush and Cheney. Some of them may be unwilling victims of blackmail, many have succumbed to the bribery of campaign cash.

If your Democratic candidate for Congress has not openly endorsed impeachment, you might consider voting for an alternative. The Longhouse Coalition is made up of candidates for Congress who have taken a strong stand for impeachment. Visit our website just before you vote to see if we have a candidate in your district- www.longhousecoalition.org. We have invited all the signers of HR 635 to join us- if your candidate is one of the signers, ask him/her to join the Longhouse Coalition.

Don't vote for anyone who plays ball with the Bush administration. If they're not working on impeachment, they are playing ball. They will continue with business-as-usual:- occupation of Iraq, tax breaks for the rich, "privatization" of the public sector, ruination of the environment, etc.

Our only hope is an impeaching Congress, a Congress made up of moral men and women who will keep the pledge to defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Carol Wolman, MD
nonpartisan write-in candidate for Congress
California District 1
member, Longhouse Coalition

Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.

He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.

Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
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Carol S. Wolman, MD is a psychiatrist in Northern California. A lifelong peace activist, she is helping to distribute a Peace Plan for the Holy Land- email her for a copy. She also a film producer with Paradise Cove Productions.

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