January 20, 2021
To the Editor:
Final week, a retired American Baptist pastor wrote a letter titled “Lest We Fail to remember.” I agree with the title. We should not ignore. We need to bear in mind, and thoughtfully take into consideration the wisdom of the past. Pastor Smith quoted Martin Luther King. I would cite John 7:51: “Does our law condemn anybody devoid of 1st hearing him to find out what he is undertaking?”
Pastor Smith referred to “a tense, divisive calendar year and blatant functions of mob violence on our Capitol incited by a seated president.” Does our legislation accuse the president of inciting mob violence without hearing all the details? As I compose, additional facts about the appalling assault on our Capitol creating, which I also condemn, are shedding light-weight on that assault. We could know substantially a lot more by the time the subsequent SandPaper is published.
Does our regulation condemn the president without listening to all the info? I believe that so. We will notice Martin Luther King Jr. Working day, followed by Inauguration Working day, unable to overlook the flash impeachment, carried out with out evidence or the opportunity to offer a protection. Our law may possibly condemn the president’s terms as also small, too late. Even so, I would assess his words with the summer months of silence on the component of a lot of officials, and the approval of the violent protests by some of our nation’s best leaders. I hope we try to remember.
Lest we neglect, for a moment I remembered the blatant attacks on our nationwide money (the town, not the Capitol creating) last summer season. Following the pattern of riots in other cities, a peaceful protest turned into a total-scale riot. Some of the rioters tried to assault the White Home. They did established a church on fireplace. In other summer months protests turned riots, fatalities transpired, along with damage to other federal structures. Later in the 12 months, rioters attacked Democrats as well as Republicans when they remaining an event at the White Residence. I hope we try to remember those.
I keep in mind Dr. King speaking to an earlier march on Washington. I recall his quotation from the prophet Amos: “Let justice roll like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” I hope we will don’t forget the early months of 2021 as a time when we share equivalent justice and equivalent righteousness to aid obtain the target of unity.
William E. Ashley
Tiny Egg Harbor
The writer is a pastor in the Congregational Church.