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Life Is Sacred but Executions Are Okay

RECEIVED Tue., June 25, 2013

Dear Editor,
    Just a few of the many egregious hypocrisies of the Texas GOP/Tea Party: 1) Life is sacred, but it is right for the state to execute hundreds of men and women, some of whom are innocent. 2) Government should be limited, except when it comes to regulating the private moral and sexual lives of citizens. 3) Abortion is evil, but homeless, hungry children are simply unavoidable; millions of uninsured are acceptable, but people dying from poverty or inadequate access to health care is just their own fault. 4) Profiling and wrongful conviction due to racial prejudice is "justice." 5) We are Christian but idolize war, guns, and the NRA, even though Jesus taught peace and nonviolence. 6) We love our grandchildren, but it is our prerogative to plunder and destroy the Earth.
    Those of us who are politicized have seen it all before. To some it is only sound bites. But today, the actions of right-wing extremist legislators in the special session gave me a scary, queasy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Texans who value their civil liberties and their civil rights better start voting and participating in the political process before the hard side of the self-righteous Right falls down on us all.
Kat Edmiston
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