Avoid Pence for president

To the editor:

Christian fundamentalists and evangelicals who voted for Trump should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve helped wrought. Their hypocrisy is mind-boggling. In the 1990s, during the Clinton administration, Pence and other fundamentalists and evangelicals proclaimed that any president should have the highest standards of ethics and morality or be removed from office. Now they support an individual with very low standards of ethics and morality, and some even claim he was put in office by God. Incredible!

Congratulations to Jack Sprietzer (DMG, July 30) for coming to the conclusion that Trump should step down. However, if he left office, Mike Pence would be much worse. He thinks he’s on a mission from God to mold the nation in the shape of his own faith, a repressive version of Christianity. Hence a theocracy of one faith in a country of diverse faiths — completely un-American and contrary to our founding father’s vision of the United States. Pence would destroy our freedoms little by little.

Pence has a disregard for science and at one time insisted smoking didn’t cause cancer. He discredits climate change in spite of the overwhelming evidence. He certainly would be against the theory of evolution by natural selection. As governor of Indiana he was callous toward an African American even after he was proven innocent and had spent nearly a decade in prison. Pence wanted him retried. When Pence left office for the vice presidential position, the next governor immediately issued a pardon.

He’s opposed to abortion, including conception by incest or rape, except if the life of the mother is in danger; spoke positively about historical people that considered abortion a capital offense; seemed to back federal funds for the now discredited anti-gay conversion therapy; promoted a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage; and supports the anti-Christian death penalty.

If he’s not obsequiously genuflecting toward Trump, he’s standing in the rear with a smugly sanctimonious look on his face. The conservative columnist George Will considers Pence America’s most repulsive public figure.

Consider what Barry Goldwater, former conservative United States senator from Arizona, said: “Mark my word, if and when these preachers get control of the Republican party, … it’s going to be a terrible damn problem…”

It seems that every religion has adherents that hold their beliefs as absolutely true and all others are false or satanic. Unfortunately, there is nothing more divisive than the hubris of religious certainty.