So, the teachings of Jesus Christ provide the majority of us with the moral framework we use to determine whether or not our actions are just and righteous, right? If so, I’m struggling to find the chapter and verse in the New Testament that instructs us to ignore the plight of the poor, as many of you are advocating with regard to the new site for the NGA. If someone could please respond with the chapter and verse of the New Testament that instructs us to ignore the plight of the poor it would be greatly appreciated. If it cannot be found, then perhaps fear and greed have worked their insidious way into your thoughts and motives on this matter.
Some may argue that poverty and crime are not inextricably linked. I don’t think anything I write here will help them. They have chosen to willfully ignore real information, instead choosing to take disinformation on faith, likely because it is more palatable and required less effort. The plain and simple truth is that the only way to effectively fight crime is to adequately address the poverty that lies beneath it. The people of north St. Louis — scarcely distinguishable from you or I, dear reader — are Americans too, and they need our help.
Dan Gruchala, Belleville