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Pray for the Conversion of James D. Wolfensohn

> From: robert waldrop <

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> Subject: Letter to James D. Wolfensohn

> Date: Wednesday, August 05, 1998 3:34 AM

James D. Wolfensohn

Chairman, World Bank Group

via email to

Dear Mr. Wolfensohn:

I am sending this email to you out of my concern for your immortal soul.

Your institution is systematically persecuting poor people throughout the

lesser-developed world. Because of the actions of your organization,

schools are closed, health care systems are dismantled, and there are

economic incentives to convert food production for domestic consumption

into cash crops for exports, including illegal drugs to feed the rich and

decadent western markets.

People go hungry because of your own personal greed and lust for power.

You and every employee of your banking group bear personal responsibility

for this situation before God and the "cry of the widow and the orphan"

ascends to heaven and accuses you of injustice.

If you were opposed to this systematic persecution of the poor, your

organization's policies would either change or you could resign in public

protest. Your decision to stay in your position of power and greed is a

public statement of your solidarity and preferential option for the rich

and powerful, and your disdain and racist hatred of the poor.

I have to wonder, what kind of a person steals from the food bowls of the poor

so that rich and powerful and white western bankers can receive interest payments

on top of interest payments? Do you have no conscience? Read the parable of the Prophet

Nathan to King David, about the rich man who stole a poor man's lamb to feed a guest.

You should be ashamed of yourself. You should come to an understanding of

the grief, and pain, and sorrow, and death that you are causing to so many

people. You -- and every employee of your bank -- should bow down to the

earth, consumed with grief at what you are doing to children -- children

who right now, even as I send you this letter, are dying of malnutrition

and disease because your bank demands payment of interest on interest.

But you do not turn away from this wickedness. You embrace it.

You are arrogant, rich, and proud.

Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, James D. Wolfensohn.

"A rich man who oppresses the poor is like a devastating rain that leaves

no food. Those who abandon the law praise the wicked man, but those who

keep the law war against him. Evil men understand nothing of justice, but

those who seek the Lord understand all. Better a poor man who walks in his

integrity than he who is crooked in his ways and rich. He who keeps the

law is a wise son, but the gluttons' companion disgraces his father. He

who increases his wealth by interest and overcharge, gathers it for him who

is kind to the poor. . . The rich man is wise in his own eyes, but a poor

man who is intelligent sees through him. (Proverbs 28:3-8, 11)

"Sow not in the furrows of injustice, lest you harvest it sevenfold."

Sirach 7:3

"Those who shut their ears to the cry of the poor will themselves also

call, and not be heard." Proverbs 21:13

May Almighty God have mercy on your soul, because you have no mercy for the


Robert Waldrop

1406 Oakley

Kansas City, MO 64127


Pray for the Conversion of James D. Wolfensohn

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