Around lunch time, I received word of an ad that the Augusta County GOP is running in today’s The News Leader. I read an article about the ad online, but needed to see it for myself. Therefore, after I finished eating I hopped in my car and drove to a gas station in Weyers Cave to pick up a copy of the paper. Inserted in the middle, I found this image.
When I heard of this ad, my first reaction was extreme anger. I find using the lines “Preserve our Christian Heritage! Vote Republican” amazingly offensive as it seems to say that if you are a Christian and you care about maintaining a moral society then you must vote Republican. Having worked for a number of Republican candidates and the party itself, I can assure you that not every Republican official and candidate has an interest in “preserving our Christian heritage”.
In addition, the ad seems to imply that if you are Christian then you ought to join your Christian brothers and sisters in voting for all of the Republican candidates. As a Christian as well as an independent candidate in the 2014 elections, I would have been absolutely furious if the local Republican Party or one of their candidates pulled such a stunt, using religion to try to score cheap political points. After all, being a Republican doesn’t necessarily mean that you follow the example of Christ. In the same way, belonging to another political party or being non-affiliated doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t be a Christian. This ad is unfair at best and a pandering falsehood at worst.
No, the Republican Party does not have a monopoly on morality and the Christian faith. For them to suggest otherwise shows that the Augusta County GOP leadership has very poor judgment.
Here’s another perspective. Are you agnostic, atheist, Hindu, Jewish, or Muslim? Apparently, according to this ad, you aren’t welcome in the Augusta County GOP.
I therefore condemn this ad and call upon the various Republican candidates representing Augusta County to likewise repudiate it. How shameless can you get?