[This letter was written by LWV-Wake members Mike and Paula Jennings and published in The News & Observer. They submitted the letter as private citizens and not on behalf of the League.]
News & Observer - April 22, 2018
We agree that government can’t fix all society’s ills. We also agree that a change of character is needed for societal and cultural change. We disagree that marchers are leftists, that protest is their religion and that they have no hope in God.
What the marchers have in common is a concern for how we treat each other as humans. They are conservatives, liberals and libertarians. We have marched because our faith in God commands us to do what we can to change the heart of our nation. Paula and I are guided by our faith to “act justly and to love mercy and walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8). We are also guided by our belief that “faith without works is dead” (James 2:17).
The people we met in those marches were compelled by their beliefs to make their voices heard, whatever their religion or belief. If we truly want to change the character of our nation, dividing and discrediting people only makes things worse. We look to our elected leaders to unite us, not divide us.
Mike and Paula Jennings