2018-08-17 / Letters

Make attempt to explain in kindest terms

To the editor,

Thank you to Mr. Robert Lyons for his fine Letter to the editor in the Aug. 10 Kennebunk Post. Thank you Helen Rivas Rose and Linda L. Lucas for your forthcoming and thoughtful responses to my letter to the editor printed in the July 27 Kennebunk Post.

Though I appreciate the ladies’ sentiments, I still disagree with the conclusions they draw. Yes, President Trump has a huge ego, which prevents him from acknowledging error and apologizing. And when he tells a lie, he should be called out on it. And yes, his tweeting can be impulsive and inappropriate. I get it. nd I don’t condone everything he does and says.

But my letter of July 27 was intended to be a plea for calm – not an endorsement of President Trump. I apologize for not making that clear. However, the defenses I offered for the president were an attempt to clarify what I view as misperceptions and misrepresentations of what had been presented by Mr. Lyons.

In my Christian tradition we use a catechism (a teaching resource rendered in question and answer format). Under the heading of the Ten Commandments the eighth commandment reads: “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not tell lies about our neighbor, betray him, slander him, or hurt his reputation, but defend him, speak well of him and explain everything in the kindest way.”

This is what I am attempting to do. I invite everyone – Republican, Democrat, Independent, Liberal, Conservative – to make the same attempt. Even when and if our president does not.

The Rev. Emil A. Witschy Kennebunk

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