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Gregory Thompson

Date: October 20, 2008
By: Valerie Insinna and Sarah D. Wire
State Capitol Bureau

JEFFERSON CITY - The Bible states "select capable men from all the people - men who fear God, trustworthy men who hate dishonest gain-and appoint them as officials over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens."

Constitution candidate for Governor Gregory Thompson cites that quotation and proclaims he fits the bill.

"I do believe I will be such a man."

According to it's Web site, the Constitution Party aims to limit federal governmental control to it's constitutional boundaries and restore religious law.

Thompson, who became an ordained minister in 2005 and is currently the minister for the 'Shake the Nation' program, said if elected he wants to bring religion into state politics.

"We need to change back to a time when we had men who feared God and would lead by his wisdom," Thompson said. "We've had man's wisdom take us backward for so long."

Thompson served as a principal and superintendent of schools in Miami County from 1995 to 1998. He served as superintendent of Humansville School District from 1998 to 2004.

He was fired from his position as superintendent in Humansville after posting the ten commandments in school and holding a prayer during a veteran's day program. He also refused to remove religious symbols from his office.

Thompson said he disagrees with the idea that voting outside of the dominant two-party system is throwing away a vote, instead he said supporting the dominant parties is an empty vote.

"You will indeed waste your vote if we continue to vote for those people," he said.

Thompson said the founding fathers planned for the nation to obey God, people, state and then nation but politicians have changed the order to put the federal government first.

"We've gone backward as a result," he said.


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