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Cafeteria Christianity

The following commentary by Guyana-based Jesuit priest Fr Jerri Dias appeared in the September 8 issue of the Catholic Standard, the weekly publication of the Diocese of Georgetown.

The world witnessed a terrible protest in Charlottesville, USA when neo -Nazis marched in the streets with Nazi flags and torches. This not only stunned the world but also made everyone aware that the tendency to do evil is rampant in our society. A specific photograph of the protest that went viral intrigued me: the photo was of a police officer who seemed to be protecting the neo-Nazis.

I was dazed when I enlarged the picture to read a few Biblical references on a placard hoisted by a protester. One of the references is from the Gospel of John 8:31–47. This protester obviously seems to have Googled for an apt biblical reference to match his ideology of anti-Semitism. He had not done an in-depth study of the scripture to deduce what Jesus is speaking about.

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