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Steve Rustad letter: Mike Liffrig's name not found in Bible

Some of the recent inflammatory Forum letters in support of Sen. Byron Dorgan's, D-N.D., opponent are beneath contempt, and the people who wrote them should be ashamed.

Some of the recent inflammatory Forum letters in support of Sen. Byron Dorgan's, D-N.D., opponent are beneath contempt, and the people who wrote them should be ashamed.

I am especially incensed by the letter from Tena Bengston (Sept. 18). Having appointed herself as the spokeswoman for Christians everywhere, Bengston defined the laws of God for us, selected God's friends for Him, and revealed who loves Jesus and who doesn't. She then saved us all a lot of time and research by identifying the hypocrites among us, tossed our Constitution out the window, and clarified the genetic history of humankind in only 22 words.

Unfortunately, people like Bengston who have so shamelessly hijacked Christianity and turned it into a Republican campaign weapon are not unique, for the Republican Party has become infested with self-appointed prophets. For example, a few days ago Alan Keyes warned Illinois voters that Jesus would not vote for Barack Obama. That same day, George W. Bush assured Missouri voters that "God speaks through me." And, according to Pat Robertson, God has guaranteed a 40-state landslide victory for Bush, apparently so he can lead us all to the Promised Land of Eternal Republican Rule.

Bengston seems to think Republicans own the Bible, but Democrats like Dorgan, Barack Obama, and John Kerry can read the words of Jesus as well, and can take strength from the words, "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account."

Since she is such a dedicated Christian, Tena Bengston might want to pray for the soul of our arrogant vice-president, whose curses still echo in our Senate chamber. And for the sake of her own salvation, she might want to ponder the words, "Let you who are without sin cast the first stone."

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As for me, I read the Bible too and I haven't found Mike Liffrig's name mentioned anywhere. Considering the fact that he has nine children, I thought for a moment that the passage "be fruitful and multiply" might have been referring to him, but I'll leave that decision up to the voters of North Dakota. Judging by the pack of lies he's peddling about Dorgan's voting record, these fine people will tell Liffrig on election day that we didn't defeat the Taliban in Afghanistan only to elect one here.

Steve Rustad

Grand Forks, N.D.

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