Who is my neighbor?


To the Editor:
Earlier this month on a Sunday, thousands of American Christians heard in their churches the Good Samaritan parable from the Gospel of Luke. “Who is my neighbor?” That’s one of the most famous questions posed by any lawyer, and for many listeners in the pews that Sunday their hearts were focused on Trayvon Martin, the teenager slain in a gated community in Florida.
Is a self-proclaimed, armed, “neighborhood watch volunteer,” formerly known as a vigilante, a Christian welcome wagon? Can you roam your neighborhood armed with a gun to protect your stuff from being taken? What would I say to Mr. George Zimmerman, now free to continue to stalk the night in my name?
To love the self-deluded American male is a challenge these days.
Strange saints are created on our soil and too much Black blood has fed the communion of saints. None of this is distant from our diocese; perhaps this is a message about  real persecution  in the USA.
Trayvon, would you have fared better in my town? If you knocked on my door would I have answered?
Clara Oleson

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