To: The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
From: Mitch Berg, Presbyterian peasant
Re: False Witness
One of your reverends is lying through her impeccable teeth:
Your reverend keeps telling black people and Muslims that the HR288, the “Self Defense Reform Act”, is a special danger to them, because, she says, it’ll allow people to shoot people who “make them feel uncomfortable”.
It’s a lie. Nothing more – and if you take your Ten Commandments seriously, nothing less.
The Reverend has had the truth about this matter explained to her, repeatedly. “That hoodie / disdasha / person’s skin color made me scared” is not grounds to use lethal force in self defense1.
She is not “mistaken”, and she certainly isn’t telling the truth. She is not only willfully misleading people – she’s using her clerical office to lend her lies credence.
Is this the example your clergy should be setting?
Please see to this
That is all.
 For those who’ve been under a rock – or, worse, listening to Reverend Nord Bence, the criteria to use lethal force are:
- You can’t be the aggressor
- You must be reasonably afraid of being killed or mained, now. Not in an hour.
- You must use only enough force to end the threat.
- You must make every reasonable effort to avoid using force. “Stand your Ground” laws modify this, and only this, crierion!