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June 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Moral non-majority

Hope values voters become different, not scarce

In regard to E.J. Dionne Jr.’s column on moral voters [“The moral non-majority,” Opinion, June 2]: I, too, have a concern about the drop in moral values.

Richard Stearns, president of World Vision, puts it bluntly in “The Hole in Our Gospel” when he writes, “When our churches become spiritual spas in which we retreat from the world, our salt loses its saltiness, and we are no longer able to impact the culture.”

Providing health care and education — especially for the disadvantaged and underprivileged — is a moral value!

Distributive justice raises more fundamental and profound moral issues than those mentioned in the 2004 exit poll. Hopefully moral-values voters will not become scarce, but different, and Sen. Ted Kaufman, D-Del., can heave a sigh of relief.

— Marsha Stueckle, Bothell

Morality’s roots not necessarily in religion

It upsets me to read and hear many who preach morality assume it originates only from religious teachings.

Once again I must remind those who write about morality to read the true meaning of morals and morality. Moral: “of, pertaining to, or concerned with the principles or rules of right conduct or distinction between right and wrong; ethical,” Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. Where in the definition does it state there is a need to be religious or believe in a religious ideology?

In reality, a high majority of those voting in the United States are moral. Morality deals more with law, not religion.

— Jim Morris, Renton

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