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October 09, 2006

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I am not Amish and even though it would seem to be a cheap kind of forgiveness for the families of the five girls to grant to the dead murderer I suspect their forgiveness is of God.

A verse I sometimes refer to whenever it is needed is: Love covers a multitude of sins. That kind of love doesn't come cheap and it cannot be purchased. It has already been given.

I think the ability to forgive those who have wronged us is essential for the evolution of the soul to a closer communion with God. I also think that for those Amish parents to forgive the man who tortured and murdered those innocent little girls is an act of almost superhuman proportions. I don't know if I could muster up that kind of loving kindness but I also don't think it is in any way an "appeasement" of the act of the man who perpetrated this vile act.

All that being said, forgiveness isn't easy - heaven knows I struggle with it on a daily basis toward people who have been unfair and unkind and just plain nasty to me. But at least I do TRY and I guess that's all that can be asked of any of us.

"Forgiving" a child murderer is an act of moral idiocy, in whatever clothing it's dressed up in (basic black, as the Amish favor, or something gaudier.)

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