Letter to the Editor

The darkest places in hell

Monday, January 29, 2018

Much of what the world now knows and believes about hell is based on Dante’s book “The Divine Comedy.” In it Dante states “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crises.” It means in dangerous times, there is no greater sin than inaction. Recently, the plight of women in the workplace facing discrimination, harassment and even physical sexual abuse has surfaced. Women, who for years remained silent, are now coming forward demanding that their abusers be identified and punished. The good news is that in some cases justice is being served. The bad news is that in some cases it is not.

Currently in our country there are many “wrongs” that are seeing inaction that cry for justice. Racial discrimination, including acceptance of white supremacist actions, discriminatory immigration policies violating our constitution, tax laws that disproportionally benefit our wealthiest citizens and increase the income gap between rich and poor, health care legislation that causes millions to go uninsured, foreign policy that alienates our closest allies and even using the Dreamers issue as a bargaining chip to build an unneeded wall.

As bad as the inaction is, there are some who object to the people who are calling for action to correct these wrongs. Maybe there is still room in hell for a few more.

— Robert Sneitzer, Spirit Lake