Yes, evan­gel­i­cal vot­ers will turn out

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

Much is be­ing made of the role of evan­gel­i­cals in the up­com­ing elec­tion. As a mem­ber of that group, I feel I have a duty to opine, and even to take ex­cep­tion to the so-called lead­er­ship in gen­eral, and to Mr. Richard Land in par­tic­u­lar as quoted in your page one story, “Thompson see­ing green light on the right” (April 23 edi­tion). First of all, I have faith that this na­tion will sur­vive no mat­ter who wins, but cer­tainly the qual­ity of life will de­pend upon the vi­sion and di­rec­tion of the next pres­i­dent. One has only to look to Is­rael to see how im­por­tant lead­ers are. Be­fore Ehud Olmert, Is­rael en­joyed al­most a sense of in­vin­ci­bil­ity; un­der Mr. Olmert, she seems weak and vul­ner­a­ble. Un­der Mr. Olmert, Is­rael lost a war. Un­der the wrong pres­i­den­tial lead­er­ship it could hap­pen in the United States as well.

If, as Mr. Land says, con­ser­va­tive evan­gel­i­cal vot­ers sit out the 2008 elec­tion “if none of the can­di­dates shares their val­ues,” the only mes­sage they will send is one of pet­ti­ness, and that they would pre­fer a left­ist to be­come pres­i­dent; a pres­i­dent who, through mis­guided ap­pease­ment, might per­mit the Is­lam­o­fas­cists to ter­ror­ize and per­haps de­stroy hun­dreds of thou­sands of Amer­i­cans. Does it make any sense, then, to en­able a can­di­date like Hil­lary Clin­ton — who shares none of our val­ues — to be­come pres­i­dent (and Bill to be­come co-pres­i­dent) while ig­nor­ing a can­di­date like Rudy Gi­u­liani, for ex­am­ple, who shares most of our val­ues and will pas­sion­ately de­fend our free­doms? Alexandra Mark New­port, Rhode Is­land

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