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Elian Gonzalez and American Values

From: Acajava@aol.com
To: ucmpage@ucmpage.org
Sent: Friday, April 28, 2000 7:03 AM
Subject: Elian Gonzalez and American Values by Steven H. Zinser

This is a good discussion of the conflicting values at stake--freedom or family. Too often we fail even to acknowledge that there are genuine values which may suffer if our cause prevails. So I applaud this contribution to the discussion. It brought light, rather than adding to the overheated public argument.

In the final analysis the author chose to prize freedom over family, concluding that "with liberty one has family. With family one does not necessarily have liberty." I found it interesting that the appeal at this point was made to the Declaration of Independence, and not to the Ten Commandments. When values conflict, as sometimes happens, where do you look for guidance?

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