We learn from past mis­takes

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Gene Clark, White Plains

The writer who laments our na­tion turn­ing away from God in the April 8 edi­tion of the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, seems to yearn for a re­turn to a very brief pe­riod (I sus­pect the 1950s) that re­ally did not ex­ist as she re­mem­bers. The ed­u­ca­tion and qual­ity of life ben­e­fits of the shin­ing city were de­nied to many; Birm­ing­ham was called Bomb­ing­ham for a rea­son, “Judeo Chris­tian ethics” was not a com­mon con­struct as Jews were not ad­mit­ted to many clubs and res­i­den­tial ar­eas; a politi­cian felt com­pelled to ex­plain his po­si­tion on sep­a­ra­tion of pub­lic du­ties from Catholic obli­ga­tions. Aside from that, his­tor­i­cally our na­tion re­gret­tably em­braced some prac­tices that were not very “Godly,” treat­ment of Amer­i­can In­di­ans, slav­ery, child la­bor, hos­tile treat­ment of im­mi­grants, forced in­ter­ment of Ja­panese Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, to name a few.

In spite of that, this is a great coun­try be­cause we try to right our wrongs. The acts that the writer sees as lead­ing to our down­fall were ex­actly that — mak­ing wrongs right.

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