Words can kill

Published: Saturday, Mar. 8, 2014 - 4:03 pm
Last Modified: Sunday, Mar. 9, 2014 - 9:17 am

Re "Words don't shoot bullets: (Letters, March 8): Letter writer Don Crisafulli writes: "When was the last time that a collection of words, whether expressed verbally or in writing, did any physical harm?"

Last month a 14-year-old girl in Italy committed suicide because of verbal bullying, the latest of many.

The ubiquitous line, "string him up" still resulted in innocent blacks being hanged for no other reason than the color of their skin.

Then there is the world's most horrific pogrom, the Nov. 8, 1938, murder of more than 1,000 Jews by their Christian neighbors, which was the culmination of hate speech by Adolf Hitler and his propaganda minister, Paul Joseph Goebbels.

Speech is so powerful that God commanded us to "not be a gossipmonger," Lev. 19:16.

-- Michael Mendershausen, El Dorado Hills

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