Letters to the Editor

Did Jesus deserve to be poor?

The ethics and religion teacher at a local Catholic high school told The Bee ("Living on the edge," Aug. 29, Page A-1) that many of his students believe people are poor because they deserve to be poor. This sentiment is extremely disturbing. Do children deserve the poverty into which they are born? By this line of reasoning, what else do people deserve?

Some children are clearly corrupted by commercialism and superficiality; they have become proto-Calvinists who assume that the economy is the god that both saves and condemns. How then can they develop a humanitarian world view based on the love and grace they have received? What would they say to Jesus? "Dude, like, I know your mom and dad were poor when you were born, but like, you all deserved it."

PAUL RIGMAIDEN

Modesto

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