This is in response to the Sun Journal article (Oct. 5) about the protest by the Somali community about Mayor Bob Macdonald’s comments.

As a Christian of the Catholic faith, I am reminded of a biblical incident where Jesus Christ came upon a scene where a woman was about to be stoned to death. Jesus confronted the crowd, saying, “Let he who is without sin, cast the first stone.” The crowd dropped the stones and dispersed. Jesus said to the woman, “Go, and sin no more.”

The Lord’s Prayer, which I recite every day, contains a prophetic sentence: “Forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

Twice now, the Somali community vilified the office of the mayor and brought un-needed attention and suspicion upon the Lewiston community. Would it not have been better to have a peaceful dialogue and exact forgiveness for misunderstandings, rather than to scourge and crucify the mayor for a wrong choice of words?

To do so, would have brought a greater honor and respect to the Somali community, rather than the divisiveness it created.

Albert Grandmaison, Lewiston


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