Rick Mercier of the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., pens a thoughtful commentary, too rarely seen in larger news media.

Introductory paragraphs:

I cracked open my Bible and started rereading the Gospels.

And you know what? I can’t see what all this sanctimonious [election moral] values
rhetoric has to do with Jesus. I’ve compared what I read in Gospels
with what I’ve been hearing from the Religious Right, and I’ve
concluded that the holier-than-thous must have traded in their
red-letter editions of the Good Book for red-state versions that omit
most of Jesus’ teachings.

The truth is, if you depend on the Christian right for your
theological sustenance, you probably won’t recognize the Jesus of the

Parable by parable, Mercier cites the religious right’s wrongs.

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