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Voters need to be informed at the polls

In the “Personally Speaking” section of the Grant County News on Oct. 12, 2010, Linda Lawrence’s column “Hope to see you at the polls” pointed out the obligation and privilege it is for each of us to vote—but we need to be informed. This column needs to be reprinted every election year.
Here are some statistics from wallbuilders.com. Most of us want this: 93 percent want “In God We Trust” to remain on our currency; 93 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas; 97 percent are not bothered by the use of the phrase “Merry Christmas;” 90 percent support keeping ‘under God’ in the Pledge of Allegiance; 87 percent oppose the removal of religious holidays from public school calendars; 87 percent believe that God was involved in bringing human life into existence; 84 percent support references to God in school, government buildings and public setting; 83 percent support he display of nativity scenes on public property; 82 percent support voluntary school prayer and 76 percent support the Ten Commandments being displayed on public property.
But the courts, schools and Congress do not reflect these values. Why is that? It is because Christians are not going to the election polls and voting Christian values. They are not putting moral men and women into public office; therefore, God has been removed.
Did you know? It is estimated that there are 60 million evenagelical Christians in the United States, but only about 15 million of them vote in elections. Of the Christians that bother to vote, 45 percent of them say they base their decisions on economic reasons, not on morality reasons.
It’s no wonder our nation is drifting further and further toward socialism and away from God.
Hope to see you at the polls.
Dave and Carol Damron