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A vet of peace-making

By Alexander Carpenter
William Sloan Coffin, who once said:
“Many of us are eager to respond to injustice, as long as we can do so
without having to confront the causes of it. There’s the great pitfall
of charity. Handouts to needy individuals are genuine, necessary
responses to injustice, but they do not necessarily face the reason for
injustice. And that is why so many business and governmental leaders
today are promoting charity; it is desperately needed in an economy
whose prosperity is based on growing inequality.
First these leaders
proclaim themselves experts on matters economic, and prove it by taking
the most out of the economy! Then they promote charity as if it were
the work of the church, finally telling us troubled clergy to shut up
and bless the economy as once we blessed the battleships.”

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