Entitled, “Abbotsford having a ‘crisis of conscience’ over homeless, drug addiction“, the story, by Province reporter Elaine O’Connor, goes into depth pn issues such as the manure dump, the banning of needle exchanges, and a general sesne among many, evidenced by a quote O’Connor received from Barry Shantz, of Abbotsford’s B.C./Yukon Association of Drug War Survivors chapter, [who] believes the city wants to “clean their community of undesirables.”[excerpt] MORALITY DEBATES DAMAGING
Wegenast said morality debates are damaging to public health.
“We’re having value-based discussions, when we ought to be having evidence-based discussions.”
Christoph Reiners, pastor of the Peace Lutheran Church and an executive member of the Abbotsford Christian Leaders Network, agreed the city’s faith community has “often focused on private morality and has a hard time looking at social responsibility and the bigger picture.”
Reiners stressed that the church is “very active in addressing the needs of the poor” — its City of Refuge effort supports a dozen local agencies — but struggles to “move from charity to advocacy.”[Full Article]