Letters to the Editor

June 11, 2014

Richard Redner: Religious freedom engenders do-gooders

I read the story titled “Where’s the good gone,” by Adam Minster (Opinions, June 8) with sadness for both the people of China and author of the article.

The lack of good Samaritans in China isn’t a matter of social dislocation and mistrust that’s inevitable with rapid urbanization as the author suggests. The lack of good Samaritans is inevitable whenever a country outlaws the teachings of the author of the story of the “good Samaritan.” It appeared the writer was clueless that Jesus was the author and teacher who brought the term “good Samaritan” into existence through a parable.

Christianity is outlawed in China. If China wants to change its culture and wants to know what it can do to produce good Samaritans, the solution isn’t to introduce incentives or to find ways to reward this type of behavior. The solution is to permit religious freedom. When the Chinese government decides to stop the suppression, torture and killing of Christians they will find the number of good Samaritans will grow exponentially.

The author of the parable of the good Samaritan is very capable of changing the Chinese culture without the help of the government or its scholars.

Richard Redner, Modesto

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