May 3, 2023

Soapy Smith and the quote: "Charity covers a multitude of sin."

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harity covers a multitude of sin."
     I posted the above quote image on my Facebook group, Soapy Smith's Old West, and friend Markie Whalen asked if "the ends justify the means?" I occasionally hear from people who believe that because I am a descendant of Jefferson Randolph "Soapy" Smith, that I am guilty of defending his crimes. Below is my response to that allegation.
     No, I do not believe that the "ends justify the means." Nonetheless, "Soapy" was indeed known for his charity around the west, as well as his crimes. In turn, I ask the question, If Soapy's crimes are not lessened because of his charity, should Soapy's charities be lessened because of his crimes?
    Personally, I don't believe that charity reduces the severity of the criminal act, but there are many who do believe this. Just ask anyone who follows Democratic and Republican politicians!
     "Charity covers a multitude of sin." This expression above originated in the New Testament (I Peter 4:8): “And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.”



"The bunko sharp walks up to the man on the street, claiming his acquaintance at once. A gentleman who has seen this done several times says: “It is perfectly astounding how they impose upon a man when they have once settled upon him. They walk up with the most perfect air of gratified surprise, grasp the man’s hand warmly and shake it vigorously. The man is astonished at first, but time after time, after a short conversation I have seen them walk off arm in arm."
Evening Post (San Francisco), May 6, 1876

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