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This Week’s Newsletter

Here is this week’s Newsletter: St Stephen’s News XXIX No 43

1 comment to This Week’s Newsletter

  • Peter HAWKINS

    “Juvenile offenders would get a clip on the ear and, in very serious cases, they would be taken home to their parents for further punishment.”
    This statement of the punishment of juveniles by the local Policeman some time in the last century in England demonstrates an unhealthy nostalgia in the face of a crisis in law and order in the state of Maryland, where the local town is Baltimore with 615 000 people and a murder rate of 342 per year of which a good number have been committed by Police Officers. The point is that by European standards the United States of America is a very violent place, and violence begets violence. Here in my home department of Morbihan, Small Sea, in Brittany the murder rate is much smaller and rarely by Gendarmes.
    The United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, Article 5 states that “none to be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” and that is repeated in the European Declaration of Human Rights which covers most of Europe and North Asia to the Pacific. The reason for this was because of the way the Nazis encouraged forces of order to oppress individuals or groups to the point of extinction.
    I suppose that any institution that declares itself to be “ST STEPHEN’S ANGLICAN CHURCH TIMONIUM, MARYLAND, A parish in the classical Anglican tradition” when it is set in the midst of the Episcopal Church regions of the United States of America, is likely to be fantastic in the face of unwelcome local truths! Truth is what we Christians are supposed to be about, so time to address the issue of violence in Maryland and especially in the local town of Baltimore.