Faith group asks U.S. candidates not to bear false witness
Faithful America, an online community of religiously-motivated activists, is running an ad on Christian and country music radio stations in Mississippi and Tennessee urging Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Republican rival John McCain to stick to the truth in their televised debate on Friday.
“.. our politicians need to understand that the Ninth Commandment wasn’t just a suggestion,” it says, refering to the biblical commandement which says not to bear false witness against your neighbor.*
The campaign has been getting increasingly nasty with both sides accusing the other of distorting the truth in attacks on the other.
Friday’s first debate at the University of Mississippi in Oxford will focus on foreign policy and national security, an area of strength for McCain, 72, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who has been a staunch advocate of U.S. military involvement in Iraq.
Faithful America comprises a number of religious traditions and is devoted to action in areas mostly associated with U.S. liberals or progressives such as ending poverty, promoting peace and tackling climate change.
* Ninth commandment? Eighth commandment? It’s the eighth for Roman Catholics and Lutherans, ninth for all other Christians and Jews.