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Violent Role Models:
George Bush Sr. and the United Methodist Church

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Comments by Stephen R. Kaufman
24 June 2001

Once again, I appreciate your thoughtful and sensitive comments, Frank.  I'm skeptical about the thought below. I think dogs have a natural desire to hunt, just as pups have a natural desire to play.  I think dogs lack the empathy to recognize when they are causing harm and suffering to innocent creatures.  Some humans also lack that empathy, but I think it's rarely from mental limitations.  Rather, they choose to ignore the harm they cause.  By the way, I think dogs have certain kinds of sensitivities that human lack, but they often appear [to] lack human potential for empathetic understanding.


"From my understanding of cats and dogs, their natures most often reflect the nature of the family with whom they live.  For a dog like Millie to desire to hunt and kill, she had to have been taught.  Even if she showed such tendencies, Mr. Bush could have prevented such actions; instead, he encouraged them.  He desired to exhibit the violent role model."

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