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Chicago Sun Times: On Lindy Scott


One more article on Lindy Scott, from the Chicago Sun Times...Here are excerpts below:

"What Would Jesus Do?

It's a popular question on bumper stickers, bracelets and paperweights. And now that sentiment is surfacing in a campaign pledge for the latest candidate to enter the west suburban 6th Congressional District race.

"I would want to serve as if Jesus were serving," said Wheaton College professor Lindy Scott.

But don't assume that Scott is a member of the religious right. He's a Democrat, decries both the far right and the far left and believes in the separation of church and state.

'New voice and a new style'

"Sometimes the church is seen as a rigid institution, where Jesus is seen as more compassionate, a person who was a common man, who lived among the people, who was concerned about his neighbor," Scott said.

"I would rather live and make policy as Jesus would, rather than a rigid institution. So, that's my goal. I want to be humble about that."

A Wheaton resident, Scott, 47, is the third Democrat to enter the race to succeed retiring Republican Henry Hyde, joining Rolling Meadows software engineer Christine Cegelis, 52, and Wheaton arbitrator Peter O'Malley, 41.

Scott argues he is the strongest candidate against Republican Peter Roskam, a state senator from Wheaton facing no primary opposition.

"I am running," Scott said. "I think DuPage is looking for a new voice and a new style."

Scott teaches Spanish and Latin-American studies at Wheaton and is director of its Center for Applied Christian Ethics. He was pastor of the Evangelical Free Church in Des Plaines in the 1980s.

He has never run for office before but says he has written extensively on economics and politics, including co-authoring Terrorism and the War in Iraq: A Christian Word from Latin America.

Scott calls himself "a compassionate Christian who is progressive on some issues" and conservative on others. He opposes the death penalty, the Iraq war and privatization of Social Security and supports gun control, more federal money for education and a move toward universal health care."
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