Clint Eastwood and Lutherans

GranTorinoJust saw Gran Torino, Clint Eastwood’s movie about a Korean vet / retired auto-worker / extremely lapsed Catholic / bigot who grudgingly comes to care for his Asian neighbors. Funniest line. The wise-cracking girl next door answers one of his sneers, as to why the Hmong ended up in the Midwest, in his town.

She says a bit about their persecution from Communists settling scores after Vietnam, but seeing his lack of interest, quickly sums up. “Blame the Lutherans,” she says, “they brought us here.”

Clint looks sideways and speaks in a tired voice. “Everybody blames the Lutherans.”

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