Letters to the Editor
Raise a hue & cry!
Prompted by Bob Docter’s On The Corner articles on advocacy in April 2002 issue of New Frontier, I would like to contribute some history that I have found intriguing.
Moral Muteness (a term he used meaning to remain silent), it seems, was actually illegal in England, most probably during William Booth’s time. The wording of English Common Law was something to the effect that, upon observing an injustice to a person . . . it is a crime not to “raise a hue and cry.”
I once saw an alarm system company making a service call; the name on the truck was Hue & Cry! It reminded me of that early law and the principle that could be used in the Army’s social advocacy efforts to bring public attention to the needs of people it serves.
Old English Law admonished everyone to speak out on behalf of those who could not advocate for themselves, primarily victims of crime, but surely the poor souls on the street. Embracing the spirit of the law can be an expression of social conscience. It is still the responsibility of all good citizens to call for help and to assure that the underlying problem is addressed. It is a part of the great social contract of a civilized society, and most assuredly a critical part of Salvation Army good works.
Pat Eberling, M.S.W.
Golden State Division
Searching for peace
Your article, “Searching for Peace…” (April 20, 2002) interested me greatly. How true is Jeremiah 6:14! Yes, there is hope. The hope of Israel, for which Paul was in chains, was Jesus. Jesus, alone, is the peace that Jew and gentile need.
Wallace Bell, Pastor Emeritus
Puritan Evangelical Church of America
San Diego, CA
Images of the West
Thank you very much for the “Images of the West” CD. There is very little here for public relations use–so your CD will help to produce things locally, with quality!
I hope to use one of the World War I pictures with a new public relations campaign, called “Grandfather Remem-bers,” as we try to reach the last generation with good remembrances of Army service in Germany.
Patrick Granat, Major
We look forward to receiving New Frontier with great anticipation. It is always so welcome to hear about what is happening in our home territory, and to receive the encouragement that comes with it. God bless you in your ministry to overseas officers like ourselves.
Wes and Ruth Sundin, Majors
Regional officers, Estonia