Letter: Brother keeping

“Look, if you want to wear a mask, go ahead. If other people don’t, leave them alone. You are not your brother’s keeper.”

So an anti-mask type to me in the comments section yesterday. This is the third time in this debate over masks that I’ve been reminded by Trump supporters that I’m not my “brother’s keeper.”

But they don’t quite get it, do they? It was Cain who, when God asked the whereabouts of Abel, replied, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” (Genesis 4.1-9) Abel — the brother Cain had just murdered in a fit of jealousy. Cain is lying to God, trying to evade responsibility for the bloody deed of fratricide.

Surely the moral of the Biblical story is that we are all our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. We all have a responsibility to care for one another — to keep one another safe. It is wrong to care only for oneself to the exclusion of others.

When I wear a mask, it is not only to keep myself safe but to keep others safe should I be shedding virus. The anti-maskers, it seems to me, are being all too Cain-like. They don’t care if their not wearing a mask kills someone else.

Not very Judeo-Christian, is it?

Kelly Anspaugh, Ada


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