[Vision2020] Most letters supported candidates and qualifications

Moscow Cares moscowcares at moscow.com
Wed Feb 12 07:44:16 PST 2020

Courtesy of today’s (February 12, 2020) Moscow-Pullman Daily News with special thanks to Joann Muneta.


Most letters supported candidates and qualifications

Bill Tozer’s Jan 18 letter to the Daily News stated that letters and support for the winners of the Moscow City Council election were expressions of prejudice against members of Christ Church and its affiliates. Actually most of these letters discussed the outstanding qualifications of Zabala, Laflin and Kelly.
Others discussed candidates’ positions about allowing expansion of educational institutions in downtown Moscow, and three candidates’ opposition to the city’s ordinance banning discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Commenting on qualifications and positions is an important part of the electoral process.
Candidate James Urquidez raised the issue of religious affiliation saying that he wanted to be elected to show the community the value of a Christian on council. He also said that he should be elected because we have a lot of Christians in the city. Did he think we have never had any Christian council members? Did he think that religion should be a basis for electing candidates? When asked about Christ Church’s mission “to make Moscow a Christian town,” which lists among other things, providing “Christian leadership in ... politics,” he said all religions try to do this.
Proselytizing is indeed a part of some religions, but it is not surprising or hypocritical that citizens who treasure their diverse religious beliefs and freedom of thought would oppose having any one church dominate our community and try to change its culture.
From glossing over the evils of slavery, to asserting that God wants women to be submissive to their husbands, to his antagonism toward our gay and lesbian friends and citizens, Christ Church leader Doug Wilson gives Moscow serious reasons for concern. Hopefully the good people who attend and support Christ Church can understand these concerns so we can move forward together in keeping our community welcoming, inclusive and harmonious.
Joann Muneta


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Tom Hansen
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