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Ninth Commandment trampled in political ads

Readers who missed the Rev. Cameron Douglas' column in Saturday's newspaper might want to dig out the Religion section and turn to page B4. You may also call up the column on the Internet by going to THE DECATUR DAILY archives and conducting a search for his name.

Mr. Douglas, minister of First Christian Church of Decatur, responded to our request from local ministers to write an occasional opinion piece. His is a timely and thoughtful commentary on negative political advertising.

"After I see and hear one of those ads, I say there is clearly another side to the story. There is a conservative Judeo-Christian value called the Ninth Commandment, or have we forgotten that one? It tells us not to bear false witness against our neighbor.

"Do you think that half-truths, blatant exaggerations and unflattering pictures of your opponent count as bearing 'false witness' against your neighbor?"

Ouch!

Good, decent people have turned over the running of their political campaigns to win-at-all-costs political advisors who are nothing more than hired gunslingers. Money to pay for these ads comes from sources that often are difficult to identify and from people whose motivations are self-serving.

Justice Roy Moore whipped many Alabamians into a religious frenzy with his Ten Commandments monument debacle. But when it comes to holding politicians accountable for the Ninth Commandment their voices fall silent.

Politicians ought to be ashamed, because they are hurting some good people and damaging the system by which we govern ourselves.

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