Silence is the welcome mat for hate

BY JOHN A. BOLT and
SUSAN FAYE WONDERLAND
[The lawyer] answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.” And [Jesus] said to him, “You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.” But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” (Luke 10:27-29)
For the last year, the Synod of the Trinity, a regional governing body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has been focusing on the growing prevalence of hate and hate behavior, as demonstrated in places such as Charlottesville, Va., and Pittsburgh, Orlando and others on a list that has become much too long. Even more painful at times, is the semi-legitimization of the ideas expressed.

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