In response to Tim Waddingham's opinion article on Tuesday, I am absolutely outraged. I've tried to ignore the liberal agenda of the Collegian but cannot ignore this ridiculous misconception that Mr. Waddington is trying to create. I am a Christian and that is why I am a conservative. I believe in defending the unborn, defending the freedom of all people and justice. It is obvious that Mr. Waddingham is not a Christian himself, and does not understand what Christians stand for. He can only name call and ignorantly stereotype.
A perfect example of this ignorance is the view that Christians would not support the war in Iraq. As a Christian soon to commission in the United States Air Force, I can tell you that many do support the war. Christians believe in the importance of freedom for all people, not just Americans. This is because God supports just wars and equal opportunity for all. I know that Mr. Waddington is just trying to get a response, but claiming that conservatives "like to kill thousands of soldiers and innocent civilians" is disgusting and sad. I can only be comforted by the fact that Mr. Waddingham will never have the courage or convictions to join the armed services of America.
I would also like to ask if Mr. Waddingham has ever truly researched where many of the donations to Hurricane Katrina victims or the poor come from. There is no question that liberals would like to donate and spend other people's money, but do they donate themselves? I will not stereotype liberals and say that they don't, but I know that many conservatives, both Christian and non, are quick to support those in need. Who do you think many of those Christians are that help the poor and victims of tragedies? I'm sorry to disappoint Mr. Waddingham, but many of them are conservatives.
Although it is politically acceptable to point fingers at one Christian (Pat Robertson) and stereotype the whole group, would Mr. Waddingham do the same to Muslims? I think he would "cringe" at the thought that Muslims would be viewed as American hating terrorists that are all like Osama Bin Laden. Or if we judged all Muslims, considering the fact that 19 out of the top 25 terrorist organizations on the U.S. State Department List are Islamic.
Not every Christian is a conservative or vice versa, but Christian values do coincide with many conservative views. Mr. Waddingham is either blinded by hatred and bigotry, or is simply too ignorant to understand this.
Senior, Electrical Engineering