I don’t pay too much attention to what people say until I’ve observed how they think and behave. Political candidates – like our own Harlan Breaux, who’s running for Representative in District 97 – often say that they’re Christians. But what does that mean? Among the 9,000 to 51,000 Christian denominations – the approximate number depends on who’s counting – sanctioned behaviors run the gamut from one wife and one wife only to the series of sweeter greener maids approved by Episcopalians like John Updike and John Cheever. Where does Breaux fall on the bell curve?
It’s a fair question since Breaux has made Christianity – rather than an issue specific to District 97 – the centerpiece of his campaign. So, is he the sort of Christian who wants – and needs – to manage everything that goes on in your pants? Or, is he a Christian in the mold of Mother Theresa, that annoying exemplar of the Beatitudes?
An explanation is necessary because what Breaux thinks will guide how he legislatively behaves, and consequently, how we’re required to behave under any laws and policies he sponsors. It’s a reasonable question any voter should ask and it isn’t remotely partisan.
Breaux’s opponent, Gary Morris, is also a practicing Christian, but unlike Breaux, Morris has comprehensively detailed positions on how to support local and volunteer fire departments, how to address the critical shortage of doctors in our rural communities, and how to assure that we have the broadband capabilities necessary to attract new businesses and support our medical and educational systems. And unlike Breaux, Morris has promised not to take your tax dollars and gift them to cronies outside District 97, like Breaux’s colleague Bob Ballinger did in the Ecclesia College mess.
Breaux and Morris both strongly support the 2nd Amendment – that all determining issue for many Arkansas voters. But Morris seems to understand, unlike Breaux, that the US Constitution has other and various amendments that are not simply exasperating suggestions. Breaux may wish to review the Establishment Clause of the 1st Amendment for the purpose of understanding that, while he is certainly free to practice his religion, he is not free to impose it on others.