The company they keep…

I thought it would be interesting to compare the thoughts and opinions of those with whom our presidential candidates associate as this can give us some insight into the character of the candidate- we can learn much about the character of a man by understanding the company he keeps.

Inasmuch as the candidates are running for the highest office in the government of the United States of America, this post takes a look at some of the things that have been said by leaders of the respective churches to which Obama and Romney belong or have attended regarding this nation.

Obama’s spiritual leader:

Jeremiah Wright: “We bombed Hiroshima, we bombed Nagasaki, and we nuked far more than the thousands in New York and the Pentagon, and we never batted an eye.  We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost.”

And, “The government gives them the drugs, builds bigger prisons, passes a three-strike law and then wants us to sing ‘God Bless America.’ No, no, no, God damn America, that’s in the Bible for killing innocent people.  God damn America for treating our citizens as less than human.  God damn America for as long as she acts like she is God and she is supreme.”

Romney’s spiritual leaders:

Gordon B. Hinckley: “I am certain that if we will emphasize the greater good and turn our time and talents from vituperative criticism, from constantly looking for evil, and lift our sights to what may be done to build strength and goodness in our nation, America will continue to go forward with the blessing of the Almighty and stand as an ensign of strength and peace and generosity to all the world” (Source: “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled”, BYU Speeches of the Year, October 29, 1974, pp. 267-68).

Ezra Taft Benson: “With all my heart I love our great nation. I have lived and traveled abroad just enough to make me appreciate rather fully what we have in America. To me the U. S. is not just another nation. It is not just one of a family of nations. The U. S. is a nation with a great mission to perform for the benefit and blessing of liberty-loving people everywhere”  (Source: An Enemy Hath Done This 28; from an address given at a luncheon of the American Chamber of Commerce in Frankfurt, Germany, 12 May 1964).

 

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