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From: John Coffey
From: John Coffey
On Sat, Mar 12, 2022 at 5:17 AM Larry wrote:
On Sat, Mar 12, 2022 John Coffey wrote:
Often I see things about which I feel a need to express myself. This is kind of a trap because I put much care into my response. If I'm going to write something, I feel a need to write as well as I can, which takes much time.
Thanks for sharing.
My first reaction is to think that Matt is being hypocritical because of scriptures where Jesus says to turn the other cheek and resist not evil. Matt tells the viewer to read the scriptures, but in my opinion, the Bible can lead to many contradictory beliefs, with the Old Testament being one of the more evil books ever written.
Putting my opinion on the Bible aside, it is hardly justifiable to kill someone over an insult. I'm sure that was not the intent, but I've seen videos where people have talked about how fighting can lead to unintentional death, so the advice is to not fight. Do I think that it is justifiable to fight given sufficient provocation? Yes, if I feel threatened, but there might be better ways to handle it. Run away. Contact someone in authority.
I feel the whole thing about the victim being a child predator adds emotional language to this. This person was likely a scumbag, but may have been mentally ill and did not deserve to die. There should be consequences to killing someone. I'm sympathetic to the sentence but maybe it was too light. It sends a message that there is less consequence to violence or manslaughter if a racial slur is involved, or if the person killed is a bad person.
I'm concerned about the deterioration of society. I feel more need to protect myself. Given the riots that we saw over the last two years, I could see a rioter attacking either me or my family over perceived injustice. My grandfather was dragged from his car and beaten by rioters in the Detroit area. I'm not sure of the date, but probably 1967.