. A child was abducted.
. A child was returned alive
. The parents met with and forgave the alleged abductor.
. The story said the parents are Christians.
Comments were as follows:
“I find this story of forgiveness impossible to believe”
“Are they stupied?”
“This family's forgivness is the result of the co-erced protestant christian politic, and most do this type of thing for their own sake... the threat of eternal torturous hell if they don't forgive.”
“I haven't seen anything about **** being convicted of the kidnapping. So - what are these
"deeply religious" people forgiving him for? Did these "deeply religious" people already convict him in their own "deeply religious" minds? I hope the police investigation considered the possibility that the entire thing was a set-up to run **** out of their "deeply religious" backwoods community.”
“Forgive him? It must be hard to be a christian. I'd never forgive him.”
“Who are these people trying to convince of their so-called Christian agenda, and why?”
“vengence is a religous virtue not a human one.”
“As an atheist, I don't typically use terms like "Christ-like" to describe people, but I don't even have to hesitate to apply it to **** and ****. Their three year old child was kidnapped. Most parents would want to murder the person who put them and their kid through that. I know mine would. Instead, these people decided to put aside vengeance and they've forgiven the man for what he did. That's what Jesus would do, and I pity anyone cynical enough to see harm in such an action. I hope they are able to move past this and have an excellent life with their son, because they really deserve it.”
“How incredibly naive of them...”
“Why do so many people think forgiveness is a good thing? I think it just encourages perpetrators of evil to continue doing what they're doing.”
“They must be as nuts as he was.”
“I'm getting a little tired of the whole Opra forgiveness thing”
“Maybe resentment has value. First, it is protective, you will be less likely to put that individual in a position to hurt you again if you resent, rather than forgive them. Secondly, resentment sends a message to the person who has done harm that their actions are not OK, socially acceptable or excusable.”
“I understand the peace and forgiveness of the ***** and I'm sorry it is so unusual in our society that it merits a headline.”
(sigh) Happy Thanksgiving. God willing I'll be back Tuesday.