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Transformative Justice and the Left; Why the TEA Party is “Racist”

Posted on July 27 2010 7:00 pm
Lisa Graas has covered politics and religion at her blog since 2008. She has served as a crisis pregnancy counselor, youth speaker, mental health advocate and legislative consultant.

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The murder of Abelino Mazariego-Torres is a very recent example.

According to an eyewitness, at least a dozen young men were present last Saturday evening when Abelino Mazariego-Torres, 47, of Summit, was beaten so severely while sitting on a park bench that he died three days later without regaining consciousness.

Authorities said several teens have been questioned in connection with the assault, but would not comment on whether more arrests are expected. They said the investigation is ongoing.

The local Pax Christi group issued a statement blaming the entire community for the crime.

The members of Pax Christi in Summit are heartbroken over the assault and subsequent death of Abelino Mazariego. It is difficult to comprehend how members of the same community could dismiss the humanity of a fellow citizen to the point of being responsible for his death.

Though this tragedy is beyond our comprehension, we acknowledge the suffering of the victim’s family and that of the perpetrators’ families. All have suffered a terrible loss. Our entire community mourns for them and with them.

We grieve for their loss and for the loss of a sense security in the idea that we were somehow set apart from the problems of society that lead to violence. The bloodshed of last Saturday has exposed a painful rift in our city and the tensions between race and class have become evident.

The members of Pax Christi are committed to eliminating the structures of inequality and injustice in our community. We ask our neighbors to join us as we re-dedicate ourselves to ending the injustices that contributed to this terrible tragedy.

Just as the CCHD has no business indoctrinating people using leftist Transformative Education, Pax Christi has no business denying the importance of retributive justice: a tenet that Cardinal Avery Dulles has rightly noted is “essential to biblical religion and Catholic faith.”

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