Pharos-Tribune

November 4, 2012

PUBLIC FORUM: Candidates should stand on principle


— As always, in full disclosure, I am a Christian and a conservative independent voter. My reason for standing with Richard Murdock is as follows: I agree with his point that human life begins at conception and is always in the perfect will of our God. I do not believe that he ever intended for his words to be misconstrued to mean that the heinous act of rape is God’s will. The facts are that it is never right to take the life of the innocent, no matter how the conception. The baby has done nothing to deserve a death sentence, and it is either human life at conception or it is not. Adoption would be a preferable solution. There have been so many who were the products of rape and/or incest who contributed much to make our world a better place, such as great talents like Ethel Waters.

I believe Mr. Murdock showed that he does indeed stand on the principle that he espouses that life begins at conception. He did not back down from that stance, even when he was called upon to do so by his own party. I respect him for that and lost a little respect for those who asked him to apologize, as I believe they did so for political reasons.

In short, Mr. Murdock is a rare breed. He stands on principle, and isn’t that who we’re always saying we want to represent us in Washington? I would rather have a principled politician, even if we disagree on some points, than one who blows with the political winds to get elected.

Jean Starkey, Logansport