To the editor: A ‘no’ vote for abortion

Given my perspective, who else could I have voted for in 2016 and not be accused of being “completely inconsistent?”

Tue, 03 Dec 2019 05:00:00 GMT

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In her letter, Sally Keller (“Inconsistent,” Nov. 20) argues that the Rev. Darrell Scott should be ashamed because, from her perspective, he has sold his soul to impose a Christian, anti-abortion theology on our secular society and to support President Trump.

I am a conservative Christian evangelical, but I would be against any politician who favored abortion rights, regardless of their political party, or my political party, and regardless of my religious beliefs. I say this because I was born in 1950 to an unwed mother, who was barely 16. I suspect that if abortion had been an option, I would not be here today, as my birth mother’s family told no one that she was pregnant, but rather told everyone that she was ill and sent her from Springfield, Ohio, to Toledo to live until she had her baby.

She thankfully gave me up for adoption and returned home, where no one other than her parents knew what had happened. I am thankful that my birth mother allowed me to live and did not have me murdered in her womb. I always seek, with my politics and my vote, legal protection and justice for the innocent unborn of our nation.

Given my perspective, who else could I have voted for in 2016 and not be accused of being “completely inconsistent?”


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Wrong call, NDA

Notre Dame Academy missed a great opportunity of Christian teaching to their children over recently pulling students from watching a Nutcracker production in which the actors were two male homosexuals. Instead of apologizing, Notre Dame should honor its Christian responsibility by apologizing to the students for sending them in the first place. Then Notre Dame could have asked the students to show love to these actors by asking the Holy Spirit to work on their hearts and minds to repent and believe.