crash9 - 11/6/2004 3:35 PM
danwatt - 11/6/2004 1:51 PM
I believe the Mennonites were for Kerry. They were mainly against the war in Iraq, and Kerry also wasn't too keen on abortion or homosexuality, so they went with him.
For sure - most of my family are Mennonites.
From a Mennonite article
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Love of the enemy is at the heart of our faith,Ã¢â‚¬? Roth said. Ã¢â‚¬Å“We would do well to remember that when we vote for the president of the USA, we are voting for the commander-in-chief of the armed forces.Ã¢â‚¬?
Roth believes the differences among presidential candidates are illusory. Any candidate will have an America-first perspective, which is problematic for Anabaptists whose primary allegiance is to Jesus Christ.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not voting shows our children that we are citizens of an international kingdom, the kingdom of the body of Christ,Ã¢â‚¬? Roth said.
Roth said not voting does not mean retreating from civic life. He said political involvement means caring about the community. Relating to foreigners, welcoming the homeless and being advocates for victims of domestic violence are all political acts.
I'm sure most of them did not vote -
That seems to be the consistent Anabaptist position. I attended a Mennonite church for a while in Toronto, and the members there had heated debates about whether they should pay taxes since their $$ were being spent on weaponry.