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Ricky Green wandered into this town - Bolinas, CA - some months ago, a stranger just a bit stranger than most. He had shed his middle-class respectability working as a graphic artist in the 'burbs, strapped a guitar over his shoulder and landed here on what he told people was "a spiritual journey."
The night of June 23 proved how much he remained an outsider, in a liberal enclave stubbornly averse to strangers. Six young people including two juveniles allegedly attacked and stabbed Green with a viciousness that is forcing Bolinas to search its soul for meaning.
The attack happened on the beach. Green was stabbed multiple times and pummeled with a skateboard, flashlight and bottles. While he was down, the mob kicked and jumped on him. Sheriff's investigators said up to 20 witnesses watched the beating, but no one stopped it. Green, found semiconscious and bleeding profusely, was airlifted to a hospital in Santa Rosa, 50 miles away. He spent nearly two weeks there recovering from lacerations to the head and body.
In the first six months of 2008, 13 homeless people have been killed across the country, he said, a pace on par with last year's, in which 28 homeless people were killed, up from 20 in 2006. Nonfatal attacks also are rising, Stoops said, up from 142 in 2006 to 160 in 2007.
"Why are these attacks happening?" Stoops asked. "The main reason is that you can't go anywhere in society without coming across homeless folks. And there is this antipathy or scorn towards them." Add the boredom young people face in the summer, drugs or alcohol and a group mentality, Stoops said, and the mix becomes dangerous, if not lethal.
I'm sorry, Don White, but I can't see the protestant v catholic thing here.
I'm sure I'm missing something. Would you mind some further explaination for us oldsters .... thanks.
You don't know how liberal or atheistic California can be, obviously! The churches I have been to Baptist, Holiness, Full Gospel, Presbyterian, Methodist ALL of them are VERY open to help poor people! Many of them actively engage in homeless shelters and food banks!
A couple even had people come in off the street and ask them for money and we took up and offering. One of the people, we found out Later, went around scamming churches for money, but the church still helped poor people anyway!
It wasn’t always like this: When I arrived from my freedom flight from you know where, it was the Protestants who helped us with everything back in the day. There wasn’t one Catholic church willing to help, as a result, my parents started going to protestant services. It was the protestant church who sponsored us to move to Massachusetts . . We are Catholics and could not figure out why they couldn’t squeeze out a dime for traumatized families. Now, as I said, they have changed, or so it seems. Perhaps they did not want to help political refugees, who knows. Glad to see them step up to the plate now.
Whatever. Don. I shed a little light on your original question, but as always, it doesnt work . . "