Letters to the Editor

Scacco letter: Rabbi Fink column

Responding to the religion column of April 10 by Dan Fink, I’m troubled by the self-righteous tone of the good rabbi’s column. He seems to infer that voting against an extension of health care is tantamount to being “callous.” Even more, those not in agreement with his position are called “morally bankrupt” and “blood-guilty.” He (mis)quotes from Lev. 19:16, which is more properly translated as, “...and you shall not stand up against the life of your neighbor.” This verse is given in the context of being a righteous person by not slandering a neighbor, rather than not allowing him to bleed. I would remind the good rabbi that we live in a constitutional republic, not a theocracy, as under the Old Covenant. While his concern for the poor and under-insured is commendable, he must respect the actions of the Legislature, even if he vehemently disagrees with them. Courts, federal and state governments may enact/enforce laws with which we disagree (e.g., same-sex marriage and abortion). However, that is the nature of life in these United States. Perhaps, the good rabbi should reacquaint himself with another of his scriptures: “...you shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.” (Ex. 22:28)

Lawrence Scacco, Meridian