The word of God says, “Love thy neighbor.” But who really listens to the word of God? Gov. Pence and his followers adhere to a new teaching: “Fear thy neighbor.” Anyone who looks, speaks or acts “different” fits the category. Should a delegate encounter someone like this in downtown Fort Wayne and feel threatened, he or she may need to stand their ground. Maybe even kill someone.
According to Matthew 26, Jesus declared that those who live by the sword will die by the sword. The gun is far more lethal than the sword — just asks the people of Isla Vista, Calif. But, again, who listens to Jesus? This is the OK Corral, and Gov. Pence is Wyatt Earp.
With its lockstep commitment to firearms, the Indiana GOP has descended into a dark corner of the human condition. And with the upcoming, gun-toting state convention, that corner will become even darker.
The Rev. Thomas E. Sagendorf