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"Then took they up stones..."

To anyone who has grown free from the baser instincts of hate and revenge, those words from the Bible are poignant almost beyond description. The whole verse reads, "Then took they up stones to cast at him: but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by" (John 8:59).

I thought of this verse while watching television coverage of the Mayor of Boston trying to shield himself from stones thrown during a confrontation between students of different races at South Boston High School. Mayor Flynn and others had rushed there to help defuse the fast-developing tension at the school.

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FROM HAND TO HAND
June 14, 1993
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