Beacon - “On December 8th, voters in Lewiston should just say NO to this anti-Christian bigot,” wrote State Representative Lawrence Lockman, a Republican from Amherst, on his legislative Facebook page, referring to progressive mayoral candidate Ben Chin.
“Chin hates America, hates Americans, and hates Christians,” continued Lockman.
Lockman’s attacks seem to be based on an online ad
paid for and distributed by the Maine Republican Party, which uses
out-of-context quotes and a series of ellipses in an attempt to portray
Chin as anti-Christian.
In fact, the partial quotes were taken from a sermon delivered by Chin
in 2009 at Trinity Church in Lewiston in defense of Christianity and
the compassion of the gospel. Far from being anti-Christian, Chin is a lay Episcopal preacher and is deeply religious.