Dear editor,

I suggest to anyone who claims to belong to the "Christian right" do some research into its origins.

Contrary to popular belief, abortion was not the issue that ignited this political movement. Jerry Falwell's "Moral Majority" began when Liberty University was not granted tax-exempt status because it was segregated. Bob Jones University, another Christian university, also began as a segregated institution.

Abortion became a much more acceptable issue to bring people into the movement. It was about six years after Roe v. Wade that abortion was adopted as a political platform. (Anyone can find access to this information online.)

It would seem that Jimmy Carter, a compassionate Christian, would have been a more acceptable presidential candidate in 1980. Unfortunately for him, Carter was a civil rights advocate and a believer in integration; therefore, Ronald Reagan, a "states' rights" advocate who campaigned in Philadelphia, Miss., where three civil rights advocates were murdered in the 1960s, became the Christian right's candidate.

Many Christians were pushed into becoming "single-issue" voters. I've met many of them during my time in evangelical churches. It is unfortunate that those using abortion as a smoke screen have done much damage to the poor and middle-class people of this country. They have pushed this country into becoming an oligarchy where the very rich buy representatives who will give them more and more of the country's wealth, impoverishing many and destroying the environment. Single-issue voting is irresponsible and lazy.

With the issue of race always below the surface, is it any wonder that we now have an openly racist president? Decent people should repudiate the president and the political party that is not holding him accountable for his actions.

I have been a follower of Christ for over 30 years, and I pray that the church might purify itself by returning to its reasons for existing: to preach salvation, and to care for "the least of these" - the poor, the sick, the refugee, the widow, the orphan, the stranger.

Voting for any particular party is not a qualification for being a follower of Christ.