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Letter to the Editor

Are We Willing . . .

Posted 5/19/20

Recently we have heard the following questions: Where is God in all of this terrible suffering of death, illness, and of loss of income due to the COVID-19 virus? How could a loving God allow a …

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Letter to the Editor

Are We Willing . . .

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Recently we have heard the following questions:

Where is God in all of this terrible suffering of death, illness, and of loss of income due to the COVID-19 virus? How could a loving God allow a five-year-old child to die of a complication of COVID-19 while his parents and dedicated health care professional watch helplessly? The COVID-19 stay at home order has caused us to drive less. Is our air now cleaner? Is global warming a reality that is caused in large part by the burning and refining of fossil fuels? These questions and others like that are troublesome.

Is there some relation between COVID-19 and global warming? What groups of people have suffered the most from COVID-19? The poor, those living in crowded conditions like nursing homes and prisons, native Americans, brown, black, immigrant farmworkers and meatpacker employees.

What groups of people have suffered the most from the air pollution caused by the refining and burning of fossil fuels and who will suffer first from the climate crisis? The poor, those living in crowded conditions like nursing homes and prisons, native Americans, brown, black, immigrant farmworkers and meatpacker employees. Are all the rest of us also suffering?

Is this reality challenging American capitalism? Are we being forced to look at ourselves in the mirror and ask what do we believe? Are we our brothers’ and sisters’ keeper? Are we neighbors to those who live on the other side of the tracks? Are we simply reaping the result of allowing some of God’s children to live in fossil fuel polluted areas that are now having a devastating effect on all of us? Do we really want to go back to ‘normalcy’ or are we being directed to change our society? Are we to redistribute wealth and see to it that ALL people are able to live with clean water, clean air, adequate food, clothing, housing, health, without fear of suppression just because they may look different, believe differently, love differently or have physical or mental challenges? Are we willing to put life above money?

Roger C. Johnson, Ph.D.

McKenzie

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