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Christian leaders set bad examples

Recently, I was horrified to see a Facebook posting where Pat Robertson, the founder of the 700 Club, said that the horrendously brutal death of Jamal Khashoggi wasn’t worth ruining ties with Saudi Arabia or losing a possible $100 billion arms deal.  

Pat Robertson is a conservative Christian leader who is vehemently opposed to abortion because he values the sanctity of life. I guess life is only valuable when it doesn’t interfere with arm sales to a country that is bombing another country going through a humanitarian crisis.

I am a Christian who is very active in my church. However, I am appalled at the actions and words of some “Christian” leaders. For example, a few years ago, Franklin Graham wrote several negative articles about Muslims, at one point, stating that they were bloodthirsty infidels. However, Rev. Graham didn’t call out the influence of white supremacist literature on the individual who killed nine black parishioners, instead blaming his actions on video gaming.  

Religious leaders (and 81 percent of Christian evangelicals) have gone to the extremes to support and validate Donald Trump, a thrice-married adulterer and blatant liar, because he has placed hard-right justices on the Supreme Court and has vowed to repeal Roe v. Wade. I guess the ends justify the means in this iteration of Christianity.

Sadly, my daughter is an agnostic. Can you honestly believe that the actions and words of these types of Christians would make her change her mind?

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