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Pray for the anti-progressives

| Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012, 12:01 a.m.

Re. Mark Sarver's letter, “What is Obama?” (July 23): To paraphrase the famous — or infamous — Ayn Rand novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” who is Mark Sarver? Is he a communist, a socialist, a capitalist? Is he a Muslim or a Christian? Is he another Hitler follower who wants to rule the world? Or is he a newspaper creation — does he really exist?

We have more freedom in this country than any on Earth. We own and produce more than at any time in history. People like Mark want government out of their lives except when it comes to religion and abortion.

His letters to the editor border on hate speech. He should live in the Middle East, where religious leaders would dictate his life.

But zealots running things never seems to work — Prohibition is a great example. Does Mark really think if Jesus returned, he would be on Fox News stumping for tax cuts for the rich? He'd be helping the poor, the people Mark mocks in his letters.

I wish there would never be an abortion performed anywhere. But if one of my daughters were raped, I want the option of making a difficult, private, family decision without the Sarvers of the world butting in. Mark must agree with people like Paul Ryan who, on Glenn Beck's radio show in 2010, referred to progressives like me as a cancer on America.

I pray for these people to treat all people with dignity whether they agree with them or not.

God bless Mark, God bless America and God bless our president, whether I agree with him on everything or not.

John Emery West, Jr.

Tarentum

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