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Last week, Glenn Beck traveled to Washington to sell books, gold, and his own unique take on religion in America.  Joining him were far-right luminaries including Sarah Palin, John Hagee, and my opponent, the founder and chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus, J. Randy Forbes.

My campaign manager had some words to say on the Beck-Forbes "Divine Destiny" event in a recent email to our supporters:

Do you think Congress should take action to turn our economy around, end our involvement in needless wars, and shift us to a clean, renewable energy future?  Randy Forbes doesn’t.

Last Friday, Glenn Beck held a "revival style" event at the Kennedy Center the night before his rally on the National Mall.  Randy Forbes introduced Beck to the crowd and said, "answers for our country’s problems don’t have to come from Congress, they come from the hand of God."  Now, if individuals wish to pray for the good of our nation, we would support that, but our Congressman really should have at least one or two ideas about how he could be working to bring jobs and economic prosperity here to Southside Virginia...

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Wed Aug 18, 2010 at 04:16 PM PDT

An Atheist Running for Congress

by Wynne LeGrow

Article VI of the Constitution states that "No religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." My name is Wynne LeGrow. I am the Democratic nominee for US House of Representatives in Virginia's fourth congressional district. And I am a non-believer.

My father was a Protestant minister and my mother was a schoolteacher. I grew up in the church. I was taught that what was important was how we treat one another. I learned from my parents a strong sense of honesty and integrity. The Golden Rule is something I still try to live by. What I did not accept were the church's teachings concerning the supernatural.

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Cross-posted at Blue Virginia

Hello, my name is Dr. Wynne LeGrow, and I am the Democratic Nominee for Congress in Virginia’s Fourth District.  I’ve been a politician only since I entered this race three months ago.  For most of my life I was a physician – first as an Army Doctor at Fort Rucker, then as a nephrologist in Emporia, Virginia.

Some question my motives (or even my sanity) to enter politics in a time when partisanship seems to be at an all-time high and distrust of government is on the rise, but I feel that the issues facing the country are too serious for this retired doctor to just work on his golf game.

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