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Letter: Silencing the conservatives

I am responding to the letter written by Benjamin Larson on April 21. I did not attend the Trump rally. But as a conservative I strongly disagree with Larson's description of Trump supporters as being sexist, racist and trying to force Christian ...

 

I am responding to the letter written by Benjamin Larson on April 21.

I did not attend the Trump rally.

But as a conservative I strongly disagree with Larson’s description of Trump supporters as being sexist, racist and trying to force Christian values on others. In fact I consider these accusations to be judgmental and unfair.

Too often liberals throw these negative labels on conservatives without trying to thoroughly understand why we take the positions we do. The name-calling immediately shuts down intelligent discussion.

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And yes, it happens on both sides.

As a Christian I do not want to force my values on anyone. I just want my voice to be heard and my rights upheld in the United States of America.

To me it seems obvious that those on the far left want to silence those with traditional Christian values and politically conservative views. There is outright hostility as we can see in the various protests in our cities.

Colleges will not allow people with viewpoints they dislike to speak or protesters will silence the speakers by shouting them down, blocking doorways or engaging in violence. Is that tolerant? Where is free speech in this?

I do believe there is persecution.

Christians have lost their businesses because of taking a stand for their values and the Obama administration tried to force religious health care institutions to provide services that violated their consciences.

I have much sympathy for refugees who are forced to escape war-torn nations. But we do need to thoroughly vet them and those who wish to immigrate.

We must protect our country from those who will not respect our Constitution and wish to destroy us through terrorism.

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If we truly want to maintain our religious freedom and to not have a “marriage” of government and religion, then we must never allow sharia law to be established. I believe that is a very big threat to our freedom in this country and around the world.

Shelley Hedlund

Willmar

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