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Reader's view: Sanctimonious editorial erred on Nolan fundraiser

I generally avoid reading “Our View,” the editorial opinion of the News Tribune, because of its shallow content. But the April 16 “Our View” headline, “Politics aside, Nolan errs with fundraiser” caught my eye as I am a strong backer of U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan and also love the music and message of the singing group Peter, Paul and Mary. The editorial sided with the National Republican Congressional Committee in its criticism of the Nolan campaign for associating with a “child molester,” sanctimoniously pronouncing that entertainer Peter Yarrow “carries to this day the label of ‘child molester’.” In addition to this, Peter Yarrow “advocates for Democrats.” (It was unclear which of the two charges carried the most angst.)

Wow! This is some pretty harsh condemnation of a personal sin committed 44 years ago! And this condemnation was made during a week when Christians around the world were commemorating the death of the one who refused to condemn personal sin but was fierce in His condemnation of institutional sin. In the four gospels of the Christian Bible, we read of Jesus lashing out against people in positions of power 98 times. How did He respond to charges of personal sin? “Let those of you who have committed no sin throw the first stone,” he said.

The debate between personal sin and institutional sin was settled 2,000 years ago, in my opinion. I am proud of the Nolan campaign for responding in this same vein by suggesting that Republican challenger Stewart Mills examine the morality of millionaires like himself pushing for tax relief while adding to the burden of the middle class. Personal sin vs. corporate greed.

Mary Drewes