Sunday, September 12, 2004


From the Peoria Journal Star
HWJV Thanks to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Alan Keyes, we have a new term to add to the political vocabulary: HWJV. That's How Would Jesus Vote, in case you notice it on a bracelet somewhere. Not surprisingly, Keyes has an answer for HWJV. He has determined that Jesus would not vote for Democrat Barack Obama, specifically because Obama voted against a bill that would force doctors to save viable fetuses. "Christ would not vote for Barack Obama because Barack Obama has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to behave," Keyes said. It is not clear whether Keyes learned of Jesus' ballot preference through direct conversation or by some other means. It is also not clear if Keyes is in line for Jesus' vote or whether it might be directed to Libertarian candidate Jerry Kohn or Independent Albert Franzen, neither of whom has a voting record in the General Assembly that might upset Christ. Further muddying the issue is that as a former carpenter, Jesus might have pro-union tendencies that could bring him more toward the Obama camp. Unless, of course, he's an open shop, free-trade sort of guy, which would push him back to Keyes. Perhaps the smart thing is not to presume to know how any religious figure would vote.