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Noise doesn't equate support

Published:Tuesday | August 19, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

With regard to a recently published Letter of the Day ('Church mute on Deane murder') in the August 15, 2014 edition of The Gleaner, I respond to Michael Dingwall and challenge him to reorder his priorities. Of what benefit is it to attempt to draw attention to the Church and to point fingers in accusation of their "un-involvement" in the Mario Deane saga?

The fact of the matter is that this poor soul is now deceased for inexplicable and inexcusable reasons. Should it matter significantly who is creating the most noise about a particular issue as opposed to a solution being derived?

Yes, the Church protested for Professor Brendan Bain, among other atrocities, which drew widespread attention. I take the opportunity to remind the public of an oft-forgotten fact: The scriptural Church is not an organisation or a building; it is the symbolic body of Christ, consisting of Christians worldwide. If individual Christians have been calling radio stations, writing to the newspapers, expressing their disagreement, and so on, the Church IS protesting.

I understand Mr Dingwall would appreciate a more drastic collective approach, but to accuse the Church of not caring about poor people and hating homosexuals is utterly uncalled for and should be retracted.

A physical protest, or lack thereof, should never be the basis to ascribe or measure concern. If it were, I would join Mr Dingwall in pointless finger-pointing by stating that he, too, does not care about poor people as he has not assembled a group protest to date.

MARIE V.

mariev@hotmail.com