A reader writes:

You wrote, "And when I hear some dismiss religious life, and argue, as my friend Hitch does, that religion poisons everything, I wonder what they would say to this man."

Well, as one who thinks organized religion is poison: Christianity was invented, in part, to provide coping skills for Palestinian slaves, so it is no wonder it worked for African-American economic slaves, as well. One can only wonder if Christianity were absent as a pacifying influence, whether such subjugation and murder could have persisted for so long.

To the gentleman himself, I admire the strength of his character. And regret that there is nothing more we can do to right those wrongs other than to tip well -- and ensure it never happens again.

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