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Christians for social justice

I must defend Halina Slobodow’s Nov. 29 letter, given the responses from so-called Christians attacking her and demeaning Hillary Clinton.

Clinton is a devout Methodist who fought for progressive values in her career, including the human rights of girls and women as President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

I am in my seventies, and the Christians I have admired in my life as a congressional aide, teacher and journalist are those who followed Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Among them, Stanford friends who risked their lives in 1960s Mississippi fighting the Ku Klux Klan to help black people register to vote. A devout doctor, awarded the Robert Wood Johnson prize in 1993, who fought for health care and clean water for Hispanic field workers in California. My church-affiliated friends in the Spokane Alliance, who organize for the common good.

There are two kinds of Christians: Those who ignore Jesus’ radical humanity and support billionaires like Donald Trump, and those who work for social justice. To say you are “born again” is meaningless if you support Trump, who discriminated against blacks, robbed his workers and cozies up to a Russian dictator who kills journalists and mocks democracy.

Karen Dorn Steele


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