Dallas Morning News,
Each week we will post a question to a panel of about two dozen clergy, laity and theologians, all of whom are based in Texas or are from Texas. They will chime in with their responses to the question of the week. And you, readers, will be able to respond to their answers through the comment box.
“Okay, we are now officially into our fourth year on Texas Faith! I went back and looked at our August 2008 debut and it was right around the time of the political conventions.
Of course, here we are again with another set of conventions. Republicans are hosting their meeting this week, while Democrats will convene their convention on Labor Day.
That being the case, I thought of the following as a way for you to weigh in on each party’s convention:
After two weeks of non-stop Olympics coverage, politics is now on stage. Over these next two weeks, Americans will have the chance to see and read back-to-back reports from the two major party’s conventions.
Since each of you make your living with words in one way or another, I would like you to craft the speech you would like to hear at either of the major conventions. I’m not looking for an opus, but rather, in a short and concise way, what would you like the candidates to say to Americans.”
NITYANANDA CHANDRA DAS, minister of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna Consciousness), Dallas
Since it is duty of a leader to protect those who are innocent and cause no harm, we will now enact laws for the protection of children and animals. Inspired by this God-given duty I will stand, without fear, against abortion and animal slaughter. I will also work to ensure that secularism does not mean an eradication of religion but rather freedom of expression without biased management.