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Forbes should welcome debate

Published 9:55am Saturday, October 9, 2010

U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, R-Va., should be licking his chops over the opportunity to debate Democratic opponent Wynne LeGrow, a retired Emporia physician.

The two candidates in Virginia’s 4th Congressional District couldn’t be more different.

Forbes is a devout Christian who has worked tirelessly to keep God in the nation’s conscience and in its public discourse. LeGrow is an avowed atheist.

Forbes, a proponent of limited government, fiercely opposed the health care reform law passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama earlier this year. LeGrow supports the law.

In a conservative region like the 4th District, which spans from Chesapeake to Western Tidewater to Emporia, it seems that Forbes would welcome the opportunity to stand on the same podium as LeGrow and expose his opponent’s liberal views.

Curiously, though, Forbes was unresponsive to an invitation by the Virginia Peninsula League of Women Voters to take on LeGrow in a debate. He’s also been unresponsive to our newspaper’s attempt to find out why he shunned the debate invitation. That’s unusual for Forbes, a straight-up guy whose re-election bids we have endorsed over the years.

Perhaps he figures he’s got the election in the bag and has nothing to gain by debating LeGrow. Again, that would be out of character for Forbes, a political bulldog who’s never shied away from a fight.

We hope he changes his mind. With more than three weeks left until the election, there’s still time.

  • Martha

    Congressman Forbes works with the people and for the people. What on earth would he need to debate someone who admits being an Independent, but is running as a Democrat to receive the money? LeGrow stated that. When you start your campaign off as deceitful, where else can you go? Congressman Forbes has many more important things to do than to waste his time with a deceitful candidate.

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  • employee2

    The separation of church and state is a legal and political principle derived from various documents of several of the Founders of the United States. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution reads “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ….” The modern concept is often credited to the writings of English philosopher John Locke, but the phrase “separation of church and state” is generally traced to an 1802 letter by Thomas Jefferson to the Danbury Baptists, where Jefferson spoke of the combined effect of the Establishment Clause and the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment. His purpose in this letter was to assuage the fears of the Danbury, Connecticut Baptists, and so he told them that this wall had been erected to protect them. The metaphor was intended, as The U.S. Supreme Court has currently interpreted it since 1947, to mean that religion and government must stay separate for the benefit of both, including the idea that the government must not impose religion on Americans nor create any law requiring it. It has since been in several opinions handed down by the United States Supreme Court,[1] though the Court has not always fully embraced the principle.[2][3][4][5][6]

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  • TooFunny

    Forbes is a coward.

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  • handkusp45

    Mr. Forbes record speaks for itself. He has done much to help this area and to stand up for conservative principles. The fact that he is a Christian and believes the Bible is just icing on the cake. He will win this election easily and rightfully he should. He is one of the best Representatives in the House and a great statesman. I wish there were 450 Randy Forbes in Congress.

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  • ThisPlaceIsCRAZY

    Why do we need to keep “God” in the nation?

    It’s very offensive to throw religion on people who aren’t religious. Our founding fathers of this nation wanted there to be a SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE. I think this country would be a lot better without closed-minded individuals who push their religion on others.

    Just because LeGrow isn’t a Christian doesn’t mean that he’s a bad person. At least he doesn’t force his religious views on anyone else.

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