Mark Pryor likes to talk the talk when it comes to religious values. He’s widely remembered for having run an ad that showed him reading the Bible to his kids and for talking about his time in Bible study. And let’s not forget his famous exchange with Bill Maher over the talking snake. So yeah, he likes to talk the talk. But are his Christian values just talk, or is he actually going to vote based on them. I’m not talking about legislating discrimination or voting for holy war in the Middle-East, that perversion of Christianty the radical right likes to push. I’m talking about the real morality found in the Bible and, indeed, all major religions (and probably most of the minor ones). I’m talking about those verses in red that tell us to take care of the poor, the sick, the needy, and the downtrodden, to stand up for the oppressed and to never shy away from doing the right thing no matter the consequences. I’m talking about passing the DREAM Act.
This is a moral issue. We’re talking about kids who have done nothing wrong of their own accord, who have done everything we expect of kids in this country-getting an education, being of good character, offering to serve…these kids are as American as you can get, minus a little piece of paper. That’s why the DREAM Act is so important-not only would it bring these great kids into our economy and help all of us, not only would it help the military in terms of recruitment, not only would it help in rebuilding the image of America after Bush tarnished our good name and reputation by returning us to our core values as a country, it is simply the right and moral thing to do.
That’s what bugs me about Mark Pryor’s last vote on the DREAM Act and, unless we change his mind, his coming vote. He likes to talk about how good a Christian he is, and that’s fine and dandy. But if you’re not going to do what’s right, then what good is your religion? If you put yourself in ads reading the Bible but don’t vote the spirit of it, all you’re doing is making a vain show of your religion that, in the end, means nothing. So, it might be a good idea to remind Senator Pryor of all the talk he’s put into being a good Christian and remind him to back it up with a yes vote:
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