In the April 24 issue of the Wilmington Star News, the non-separation of church and state raised its ugly head once again. If you read the paper, you will have noticed recently a long series of letters to the editor either praising U.S. House of Representatives candidate Ilario Pantano or his opponent David Rouzer.
While these letters are generally filled with innuendo, hyperbole, back-stabbing, truth-stretching, resume’ inflation, and self-righteous hypocrisy, I can accept this. After all, this is the political silly season, and I do believe in a free press and freedom of speech.
In the April 24 letter, written by Bill Bennett of Wilmington, the editor’s note at the end of the letter caught my eye. It read, “The writer is founder and chief executive officer of Mentoring Men for the Master and a chaplain of Southeastern Seminary.”
In his letter, Rev. Bennett uses overtly religious language to describe Pantano such as an “outstanding Christian gentleman.
"He desires to go to Congress to fight for conservative principles that made our country great, but which are rapidly eroding,” the letter said, and refers to President Obama as “destroying the foundations of our republic.” Then he speaks for God by saying, “He (Pantano) will depend upon God for wisdom to do the right thing,” as if God had already signed up as a political supporter and co-conspirator.
In following this already sordid campaign, I have noticed that God seems to have endorsed each of these candidates, Pantano, Rouzer, and Democrat incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre. Will God please make up his mind?
I’m depending on him so I won’t have to read up on the issues!