- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 3, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Cal Thomas acted like a Christian in having cared for the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, the person, even though Mr. Thomas opposed much of what the senator proposed politically (“Judgment vs. judgmentalism,” Opinion, Tuesday). Since Mr. Kennedy’s death, there are a lot of hateful things being said about him. Mr. Kennedy was an outstanding senator but flawed human being. Those who say hateful things about him also are flawed.

Mr. Kennedy was a compassionate champion for the poor. He loved his country, his family, and his God, and he served them well. Are his hateful critics more loving than he was? Are they doing as much as he did for society’s least and last?

While he was alive, he did not respond to the hateful things said about him with hateful retorts. A lesser person might not have been able to endure the trials, tribulations and tragedies that beset his life. His strong, abiding Christian faith enabled him to endure to the end. All of us are in need of the God-given grace, mercy and forgiveness that saved Mr. Kennedy’s life. I believe history will be kind to him.

PAUL L. WHITELEY

Louisville, Ky.

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