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"Backing down"- does not work in real world

To the Editor:

If Simson L. Garfinkel is sincere in his column of March 8, then I congratulate him on his attitude; it is rare. Some 2000 years ago, a gentle young man of Nazareth named Jesus suggested the same thing. He, however, called it "turning the other cheek" rather than "backing down."

And the sad lesson to be learned from his experience is that it doesn't work. If we lived in a society where the inhabitants were moral, it would; but we don't, which is why every Christian country in the world practices Mosaic justice.


I suggest that the reason Maine drivers stop for pedestrians is because they get tickets if they don't. Mr. Garfinkel, you applauded Bernard Goetz when he didn't back down, didn't you? And didn't you only back down in Maine after the drivers did? Why don't you try backing down first on some issue? You'll probably find yourself "run over" by someone who considers you an easy mark.

By the way, this is not a pro-Christian letter. Most of the Christians I've met are just as fanatical as anybody else about shoving their ideas down your throat.

Peggie Scott '85->