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Benjamin Verdi, “Of rats and men: What the ‘Michigan Squirrel Club’ shows us about God’s grace” • Fri Jan 21 2011

What do squirrel rabies and the gospel have in common? One (ex-?)squirrel hater’s take on the Club.

When you jump and yell at a squirrel in New York, it knows to scurry away and panic, but, when you do the same thing in Ann Arbor, the squirrel looks at you momentarily and just carries on about its business. Squirrels here are insulated from what I call “the fear.” All they’ve ever known are hands full of food and the faces of smiling foreign kids. They have no reason to fear a human, and, initially, this strikes me as a failure on the part of those humans.