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August 11, 2006

Cathy McMorris - A Congresswoman in Conflict?

Is Cathy McMorris conflicted by the contradictions between her duties as a Congresswoman from Washington's 5th CD and her religious schooling and current membership in a congregation that believes in the rapture?   Or about the strict Standard of Conduct for members of the church she belongs to and her acceptance of campaign funds from  alcohol and gambling interests?  Or does she do the same hypocritical compartmentalizing that Ralph Reed does when he uses his religious right lists to line his own pockets?

A diarist at DailyKos, peagreen, is asking these questions after poking around a few minutes on McMorris' congressional website and then following the links about her unaccredited, fundamentalist undergraduate college, Pensacola Christian College, and about the current church she attends, Grace Evangelical Free Church.  It raised a lot of questions for peagreen, a constituent of McMorris' in the 5th CD.  Peagreen covers a lot of territory and her questions are both heartfelt and extensive.  Here's one set:

But does she, herself, live up to the strict teachings of her school and church?

Continuing around the college site, I went to the school's Miscellaneous section: Standards of Conduct. In the third paragraph I found this:

The Christian must endeavor to avoid practices that cause the loss of sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the world (1 Cor. 8:9, 12-13; 10:32) and loss of the Christian's physical, mental, or spiritual well-being (1 Cor. 9:27). In today's society this includes avoiding such practices as gambling, dancing, profanity, obscenity, abuse of drugs, the use of tobacco and alcohol, and attendance at movie theaters.

I have been following the money McMorris receives for a while. So now I wonder: Is there a difference between receiving $6000.00 of PAC money directly from R. J. Reynolds  company and the use of tobacco?

Is there a difference between receiving $10,000.00 from the National Beer Wholesalers Association PAC and the use of alcohol?

Is there a difference between receiving money from Abramoff via Delay,  Ney, and Doolittle and the practice of gambling?

Bottom line, does receiving such Republican leadership PAC money and other special interest Pac money, and being part of this corrupt leadership,  "cause the loss of sensitivity to the spiritual needs of the world"?

I am also reminded that McMorris gave Cheney a warm reception when he visited Spokane recently. Very practiced in profanity and obscenity is he.

Interesting questions indeed.  Read the entire post and send it along to others you know, especially anyone in the 5th CD out there in Spokane and the rural areas stretching along our eastern border from Canada to Oregon.  Out there in the areas where they have an incredible alternative this year in Democratic challenger Peter Goldmark

Posted by Lynn Allen on August 11, 2006 at 12:00 AM in Candidate Races | Permalink

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