Monday, January 12, 2004

Who is My Neighbor?

"A certain man drove down from New York City to Chicago, and fell among gangsters, which stripped him of his clothing, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead next to his stripped automobile.

And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when she saw him and the BYU bumper sticker on his car, she passed by on the other side.

And likewise a politician, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, seeing the "Proud Republican" bumper sticker, and passed by on the other side.

But a certain registered Democrat, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,

And went to him, and bound up his wounds, and set him in his car, and brought him to an emergency room, and took care of him.

And on the morrow when he departed, he took out his checkbook, and wrote it out to the hospital, and said unto the nurse, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.

Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbor unto him that fell among the gangsters?

And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise (adapted from the New Testament, Luke 10:30-37)."

Apparently, if you are Dr. Howard Dean or one of his groupies, the above does not apply to conservatives, especially George W. Bush. When I heard Dean's remarks, I felt kind of depressed because it emphasizes the extent of the division in this country. I would have respected Dean if he had said well, neighbors can disagree with one another in order to improve our country or something like that. This presidential race is going to get uglier and uglier. I wish it was over already. Sigh!

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