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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | FEBRUARY 13, 2012 6:30 AM

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Obama using faith against us

President Obama's attack on the Catholic Church and the religious conscience of Americans should not be assuaged by some political pivot that attempts to deflect blame on insurance companies.

At the National Prayer Breakfast, Obama said his economic policies are rooted in his Christian faith.

He was quoted as saying: "The Bible teaches us to be doers of the word. He said each of us is called on to give something of ourselves for the betterment of others."

So the fundamental question is not if we agree that people should give but who should decide what should be given? Jesus said, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's and to God what is God's."

I recognize in Obama a fundamental difference between practicing Christians and a practicing liberal. We should all ask Obama whether he considers that imposing taxes on your successful neighbors to assuage your belief is Christian — should you instead teach them to be more charitable by your example and encouragement?

The Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as written by the founders of this great county was to guarantee religious freedom and liberty. While supporting the president's idea that we are called, I believe the call comes from "Nature's God," not from government. Those who insist that the call comes from government seek to oppress and imprison you in their ideology.

Let us elect a leader who respects everyone's religion rather than one who tries to use it against us.

Gary Ellis
Iowa City resident


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