Monday, October 21, 2013

A letter from Allen West

My mother-in-law today got a letter from “Congressman Allen West R-Florida, 2011-2013.” West wants Mrs. R. to give money to the Congressional Prayer Caucus Foundation.

By its name, the foundation seems to have something to do with a prayer caucus in Congress. A “petition” accompanying West’s letter, though, indicates the “foundation” has nothing to do with a Congressional “caucus,” but instead says Congress should d whatever is necessary to “Defend Religious Freedom.”

West uses six pages denoting his service in the Army and in Congress, as well as various accounts of attacks on Christian ideals. The former Lt. Col. West was a tried and true soldier; of that I have no doubt. He also was a credible congressman, but the voters in his district did not return him to office.

Atheists and others mentioned by West would like nothing more than to see the end of churches, synagogues, mosques, temples and the religions that practice in those places.

But just as Army officer West took care to know his Soldiers, so should he know the citizens from whom he asks money.

I don’t know how much money, if any, West is paid by the Foundation, but I do not think he or any other former congressman or present lobbyist lends his name and picture or free.

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