I was saddened and outraged to read of the two African American ministers, bolstered by three dozen other Christian men of the cloth ("a preacher called by God," one of them described himself), charging Mayor James Hahn with attempting to bribe them into silence ("Clergy Scorn Funds Hahn Offered," Feb. 14).
Here are men who have known and trusted the mayor for 20 years, who have now taken the moral low road with unsubstantiated charges. Is their cause so desperate that they must resort to this?
How these men thought their action would help the cause of reappointing Chief Bernard Parks escapes me. Whether Mayor Hahn did or did not try to buy someone's silence has nothing to do with the chief's merits. And they know that--which can only invite the suspicion that their charges are meant to distract public attention away from what for most of us is still an unresolved question.
Re Bishop Charles Blake and the Rev. Cecil Murray: I am thankful that I am neither in their congregations nor the community they supposedly serve. They could have taken the grants and done something worthwhile with the money. Instead they chose the political spotlight to try to make a statement. They should look at the recent crime stats and see that more and more good people in their community are becoming victims of violent crimes. They still would have their 1st Amendment right to speak out even if they took the money.