In response to "Framingham: Politics, scripture at breakfast", it is simply wrong for politicians and newspaper editors to cater to a religion that believes in a large imaginary angry genocidal sky creature who selected jews as his favorite tribe and subsequently drowned all but eight of them (Noah's ark) and they discriminate against non jews. The discriminatory behaviour is very carefully and meticulously documented and required behaviour in their holy book, the Torah.

This represents one of many problems with Framingham politics. Which God does each politician/editor support? the one-headed god, the three headed god or Allah?. Grown men and women older than fifteen believe in this fantasy? Political events should not be held in any kind of religious building including our very own government financed Cushing Chapel.

Temple Beth Am should lose their tax exemption status for getting involved in politics in the public domain in such a blatant way. I will examine this angle myself. How dare these arrogant people try to mingle their stupid fairy tales with political reality. The newspaper editor, strangely enough, made no commentaries on their ridiculous beliefs. Hmmm!

I thought Framingham had hit a new low with the rants of the Charter Commission, but our wannabe political leaders continue to dig deeper (like our Speen Street DPW excavator) into the dark side of the Twilight Zone using Jack Lewis, a Unitarian minister as their guide. We are so lucky to be amongst the enlightened. Show us the way, O'Pious One

Framingham: Politics, scripture at breakfast Date
Brad Avery 508-626-4449 Metrowest Daily News
FRAMINGHAM - Political speeches blended with scripture Sunday at a Temple Beth Am Brotherhood breakfast featuring the state representative candidates for the 7th Middlesex seat.

Democrat Jack Lewis, of Framingham, and Republican Yolanda Greaves, of Ashland, gave brief stump speeches to make their appeals for taking the open seat held by retiring Rep. Tom Sannicandro, D-Ashland.

Lewis, a Unitarian minister and founder of nonprofit OUT MetroWest, said being in a house of worship made it tricky not to switch from a political frame of mind to preaching. Running on a progressive platform with a focus on seniors, schools and the working class, Lewis ultimately dug into the scripture to invoke the story of Noah's Ark.

"The residents of that ark knew that they all needed each other," Lewis said. "No one had the luxury of being greedy or taking more than their fair share. No one had the luxury of telling anyone else they didn't belong on the boat. Those lions in the narrative couldn't look around, as hungry as they might be, and eat the final gazelle. Everyone had an obligation to realize they were all in it together."

Lewis said he was "eager to continue the hard work" of Sannicandro.

Greaves, an Ashland selectman and former school committee member, said she also wants to focus on helping seniors and the working class, but hopes to do so in a "fiscally responsible" manner. Following Lewis' Noah's Ark lead, Greaves added that the story wasn't only about working together, but also about showing people that "the way the world was maybe wasn't the way it should be."

"I look to move to the statehouse to continue some of the work that Tom (Sannicandro) has done, but I'd also like us to change up the dialogue," Greaves said. "I think we need to have more discussion and debate and balance on Beacon Hill. I decided to run as a Republican because I believe we need to be fiscally responsible. We need to look at how we're spending our tax dollars, we need to look at our middle class, we need to look at everybody and make sure our tax dollars are used responsibly and wisely."

After the candidates, Democratic campaign consultant Michael Goldman, president of Goldman Associates, spoke on behalf of Hillary Clinton; and attorney Marty Lamb, a former U.S. representative candidate, spoke on behalf of Donald Trump in the presidential race.

Running with the morning's biblical theme, Goldman compared Clinton to King David - an experienced and great leader but not without flaws.

"History will record that Hillary Clinton was both a candidate with imperfections as well as the most qualified man or woman to ever run for president," Goldman said.

Lamb, who is also the vice chairman of the Make Massachusetts Great Again PAC, argued Trump is the best candidate for Israel and the Middle East and said as president Trump would do away with the Obama administration's foreign policy, which among other issues refuses to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

"Donald Trump wants to achieve peace through strength," he said. "He wants to support our friends and allies and stop the growing hegemony of Iran and defeat ISIS. Donald Trump is a true friend of Israel."

MetroWest Daily News opinion editor Rick Holmes also spoke at the breakfast to explain this year's ballot questions.

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