As astute and well-spoken as Tom Fulks seems to be, how disappointing — or is the word “distasteful”? — is his opening salvo in his recent article “Political diet in SLO County just as unhealthy as rest of the nation’s” (Viewpoint, Sept. 13).
Specifically, he writes, “Nationally, we expect candidates to distort truth, fabricate controversy, claim they talk to Jesus, wrap themselves in the flag and whatnot.”
The placement of “claim they talk to Jesus” in a litany of unethical or at the least laughable items denigrates those of faith, attempting to link corrupt politicians with religious “fanatics.” Beyond the offense to Christian readers, his phrasing implies that those who have a faith grounded on biblical Christianity — which does, if Mr. Fulks has read the Bible, invite believers to “talk to Jesus” — are laughable, certainly not people to be taken any more seriously than those who distort truth, fabricate controversy or wrap themselves in the flag.
People of faith are not dolts, Mr. Fulks, though they do make convenient fodder for those who’d like to cast them as un- or anti-intellectual.
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My, my, Mr. Fulks, could you be guilty of the very thing your article lambasts — distortion for the sake of your own propaganda?