God, Guns, and Small-Town America

07.14.09 | Dr. Stephen Coleman | Comments[0]


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When Barack Obama was running for the presidency he alienated millions of Americans when he dismissively said that small town folks in states like Pennsylvania are bitter people who cling to religion and guns. His dismissive remarks reflected an arrogance, an ignorance, and a lack of appreciation of small town life in Pennsylvania and New York.

Unlike President Obama, I think that Small-Town America reflects the positive values of Christianity and freedom -- including the right and the freedom to bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

The fact that Small-Town America values guns -- especially for hunting and sport -- and religion should be a cause for celebration and not the consternation expressed by President Obama. As one pastor recently told the New York Times: “God and guns were part of the foundation of this country.”

Ladies and gentlemen of New York and Pennsylvania, when Barack Obama said that small town folks in places like the Keystone State are bitter people who cling to religion and guns, he got in wrong. He should have said that folks who live in small towns are extraordinary and that small towns represent the very best of what makes America great and what will continue to make America great -- like Christian values, respect for the Constitution, respect for the Second Amendment, respect for the law, and a dedication to freedom.


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