We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
What I understand now is that I was one of those people who did not appreciate the weapons of the spirit. I have always been someone attracted to the quantifiable and the physical. I hate to admit it. But I don’t think I would have been able to do what the Huguenots did in Le Chambon. I would have counted up the number of soldiers and guns on each side and concluded it was too dangerous. I have always believed in God. I have grasped the logic of Christian faith. What I have had a hard time seeing is God’s power.
I wanted to know where the Derksens found the strength to say those things. A sexual predator had kidnapped and murdered their daughter, and Cliff Derksen could talk about sharing his love with the killer and Wilma could stand up and say, “We have all done something dreadful in our lives, or have felt the urge to.” Where do two people find the power to forgive in a moment like that?
possibly the Derksens are psychotic. the normal reaction for a parent whose child was raped should be wanting to chop the rapist into hamburger and feed him to the dogs.
also possible that the Derksens are fully aware that they live in a country with a reasonably functioning judiciary and penal system whereby the rapist would be tried, convicted and sentenced, possibly to being set aflame or something similar. this is important because it allows them to indulge in this glurgy hand wringing sorrow for the poor, misunderstood rapist. the Derksens are spared the necessity of personal retribution because the state will do that for them on behalf of everyone. But take away that and the "we've all done something dreadful" rings hollow at best, totally dishonest at worst.
Or y'know the Derksen's may be devout and believe what they read in the Book about Who vengeance belongs to, the Ultimate Judge, forgiveness, love, repentance, etc that our cynical age discarded like a used pizza box.
Wasn't able to read the Glidewell article because I don't facebook nor do I need another login (and junk mail).
exactly. they're devout because the state dishes out the punishment to the rapist. so there's no personal need to be vengeful and all is groovy. thank the gods for that, I don't want to live in a society where a victim's family forgives a rapist, decides he's repented and turns him loose to rape another victim.
Dear Barrister: Would you please find when it was that the ABA (American Bar Association) was moved to Illinois? I think that is a very important piece to understanding today's events and I don't know where to look for this info. You can perhaps find it rather quickly.