Northwest NEWS

April 3, 2000

Editorial

Taking a stand against racism

   It was brought to my attention recently that the literature in the hallway of the building where our church has a small office was "neo-Nazi."

   The newsletter spoke of the problems of our country being traced to the large number of "non-whites" which populate our country. Other literature was clearly anti-government. It is certainly no surprise to me that this literature exists, nor that there are people in this country who subscribe to it.

   However, it was offensive to me that it was being put in the hallway of a building where there are multiple clients who were not consulted about it. I find that sort of literature highly offensive and would not want anyone to think our church put it there, even if it was directly across from our office. It was clearly not the owners of the building who put it there, and they assured me that it would be removed.

   Having said that, the larger issue is the issue of overt racism which has the potential to do so much damage to human beings created in the image of God. I understand that there was also a Confederate flag in the Duvall parade last year. That makes me shudder. Freedom of speech must have its limitations!? When and in what context does it become criminal?

   While not wanting to turn around and be intolerant of those who hold views offensive to me, I think the issues are different. It is the views themselves which I find intolerant, not the people who hold them. On the other hand, those who purport them are intolerant of whole races of people.

The Reverend Whitney Jones DeVine, pastor, Grace Episcopal Church, Duvall