Driving on the North side of Indianapolis today I was witness to many defaced yard signs of Katherine Densborn, Republican challenger to incumbent Democrat David Orentlicher. The signs were defaced literally, as each sign's picture of Katherine had an image of Jesus slapped over it. At best, the message is that Densborn is Christian. At worst, the message is that to be Christian is repellent.
Yard Signs Defaced
This kind of activity is no more impressive than the theft of Orentlicher yard signs from yards in May. Both are unconscionable acts. Followers of both candidates who may engage in these activities demean their own candidates and assault all of us who are going about the peaceful process that sets Democracies apart from both anarchist and totalitarian societies.
As a statistical matter, Orentlicher's electoral majorities in a Republican district have necessarily drawn support from Republicans and Christians alike. How could such an act generate a positive response for David Orentlicher? (And before summoning too much indignation, conservative Christian Republicans might reflect, once Christ has been introduced into politics, how easy it becomes to depict Him as a symbol of intolerance, for that is how they themselves represent Him.)
Those who stole Orentlicher signs in May could not have realized the anger such acts generate. Likewise, those who use Jesus to deface Densborn's image must not realize how offensive this act is to all but themselves. For our civil society to proceed, the Christian majority must exercise a restraint which is respectful of the religious diversity of our country; so must everyone. Those who act otherwise would transform us into the warring societies we see elsewhere.
(From the Principles of the First Republicans: "FIRST REPUBLICANS BELIEVE the separation of church and state enables people of all faiths and beliefs to coexist peacefully and religion to flourish in America, freeing us from religious strife and affording us domestic tranquility that is enduring and historically unprecedented. Religious principles must not be legislated.")
(This message has been cross posted from the First Republicans Forum.)