The Death of Political Civility

October 18
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Family Policy Alliance of North Dakota makes it a priority to keep you, our ministry partners, informed on key local and national political issues. Toward that end, we covered the Judge Kavanaugh confirmation hearing with regular updates and asked for your help when most needed.

First the good news. Judge Kavanaugh was confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which is a victory for all of us in the faith community. In addition, we asked if you would send a note of encouragement to Judge Kavanaugh during the confirmation hearings. You came through in record numbers. We were able to deliver over 6,500 notes and letters of support to Judge Kavanaugh and his family! As I said, that’s the good news.

Now for the other side. The entire confirmation process and the aftermath truly exposed the dark underbelly of those opposed to biblical values. The most obvious was the shameful confirmation process itself, which showed the worst of many legislators. Sadly, my son Chris asked me, “Has it always been this bad, Dad?” I assured him that there were decades of respectful debate and bipartisan support of legislation for the good of our country, not just for a particular party (the Reagan era comes to mind).

If this was not enough, we heard the hecklers from the Senate gallery as the confirmation vote was taken. Then there are the extreme Kavanaugh haters. They threatened to shoot members of Congress and their families if they voted to confirm Judge Kavanaugh, encouraged people to “take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh”, and let’s not forget the witchcraft event planned for this Saturday to put a hex on Justice Kavanaugh (they also did this against President Trump in 2017). If there ever was a spiritual battle, doubt no longer.

I am so saddened by these hostilities from those who oppose our faith and the foundation it provided for our great country. When did civility and respect for those with opposing viewpoints get drowned out by hate speech and threats? The past decade has certainly driven a wedge between us and those who militantly stand against our biblical values, although I’m pretty sure the seeds of this problem were planted decades ago.

What can we Christians do? We certainly don’t want to lower ourselves to their level and “repay evil for evil”. Our best recourse is through the political process and one of the most influential acts you can undertake is voting for candidates who support your pro-life and pro-family values. Send a clear message on November 6 that you and your family will not stand for mob mentality and hostility cultivated by those who despise you and your values. Voting is a right and responsibility for those blessed to be part of this country; please make it count.

Sincerely,

Mark Jorritsma
President and Executive Director

 

P.S. In preparation for the upcoming election, you can see how your state legislators voted on key family bills last session by going here. Just enter your address and the senator and representatives for your district with their voting records will pop up. Please note that some legislators did not get higher ratings because they were absent on certain votes, so I encourage you to review the detailed voting records for your district legislators.

 

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