I am begining to think that vigilante justice is the only true justice in these cases. I never thought I would say that. but this is certainly not justice.
The injustice of our criminal justice system is certainly a prime motivator behind some vigilante justice, whether that justifies it or not. In some cases I think maybe it does.
However, keep in mind that "child molesters" are not treated very well in prison, and 6 months may just be all he needs....hehehehehe.
Indeed, in this instance, there may very well be a significant exercising of vigilante justice. Can't say that doesn't bring a smile to my face either, Orodo!
People get stronger sentences here for a repeat drunken driving conviction.
You wanna know what really pisses me off bro?
Well, I'm gonna tell ya anyway! :p
People get much stronger sentences than that for forging a check or embezzeling or cheating on their income taxes (god forbid we incur the wrath of the IRS gods! :rolleyes: ).
Notice any pattern there!
It's the bottom line: People care more about money
than about other people. This is true in our criminal injustice system, and it is true in life.
And it stinks!
OK I'll go off on one of my "If I were..." fantasies!...
If I were in charge of or highly powerful in the criminal injustice system (I know fat chance!), I would insure stiff penalties for "crimes of money" as they are wrong & they do affect people.
However, direct crimes against other people, acts of violence & hurt & hate, would be far more strictly punished, in accordance with their severity.
In my book, rape or molestation, especially of children, is heinous violence to the body & insidious soul murder.
Both body & soul murder would be judged most harshly, far more harshly than either is now, in my book.
In short, I'd "throw the book" at 'em!
So he provided important information--that is the least he could do.
Damn right! Not to mention he was probably trying to save his own sorry arse, get a lighter sentence
maybe a plea bargain--another criminal injustice system policy I'm not too crazy about!
When I read what he said to that boy after raping him I felt real hatred for him, God forgive me.
My friend, as you no doubt know quite a few of the Psalms are songs & even prayers that include a strong element of hatred for the enemy:
"O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me...I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them as my enemies." (Psalm 139:19,22).
It seems odd that this is immediately followed by:
"Search me O God, and know my heart; test me & know my thoughts. See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." (verses 23 & 24).
The prophet David the author of this Psalm seemed to know that having a wicked way in us includes tolerance of the wicked in their wicked ways.
I find myself relating to David's thots & prayers here when it comes to someone like Michael Hand.
Yes I know Jesus says to love our enemies, even as He says to despise their wicked deeds.
I also know, & Jesus knows, how difficult it is for me to separate the sin from the sinner so to speak.
Bob if we didn't hate what this man has done there'd be something seriously wrong with us.
Personally I choose having some hatred for this man along with hating his wickedness, as opposed to not much giving a damn about either one.
Its not evil people who louse up this world as much as good people who don't give a damn that they're doing it. IMNSHO.
Loving my enemies & hating their evil deeds is my goal becuz as a Christian my goal is to be like Jesus.
But I confess to being far from that goal.
And until I get there, I intend to hate abuse even if it means hating abusers to whatever degree.
I think God understands this & forgives it.
In any of us & all of us.
Sorry if that was a sermon!
But if it was I was preaching to myself far more than you or anybody else my friend.
TC & TTYL