April 22, 2007
To most of us who recall the recent massacre at Virginia Technical College, the murder of 32 innocent people and suicide of the shooter, Seung-Hui Cho, that might appear to be a curious question, if not a stupid one. Apparently, though, some feel it is the appropriate way to go. Virginia Tech pays respects to victims, and gunman, Students Forgive Virginia Tech Killer.
I am not directly faulting those who feel he deserves forgiveness. After all, they have been taught in today’s feel good culture that they must not harbor ill will or hold acts against others. They have been taught that this culture of ‘instant forgiveness’ raises the weight of anger from their heart and such.
If someone calls you a name in an angry outburst, cheats you from something, or performs another transgression against you, I could agree with their culture of forgiveness. But, a mass murderer? A person who planned and carried out one of the largest massacres in modern American history?
In December 1997 at Heath High School in Paducah Kentucky, a 14 year old killed 3 others and wounded more in another shooting. The day after the shooting, some students and preachers were urging ‘forgiveness’ for the student shooter, prompting Dennis Prager to pen When Forgiveness Is A Sin in the Wall Street Journal and reprinted in the March 1998 edition of Reader’s Digest.
Nine years later, we saw the horrific slaughter of 32 people at West Virginia tech and once again, some are not only issuing “instant forgiveness” of the shooter, they have actually erected a small memorial to Seung-Hui Cho amongst those to the other 32 he murdered. Found in that memorial is a note which says, "I just wanted you to know that I am not mad at you. I don't hate you, I am so sorry that you could find no help or comfort." It is signed, "With all my love, Laura."
Chris Chabalko, a 29-year-old graduate student at Virginia Tech added, "He was a student. Thirty-three people died. There's nothing anyone can do about it now. We've got to remember them equally." He sees a memorial to Cho as “fair.”
What we see at work here isn’t Christianity; it’s the infiltration of religion by the 60’s culture of “feel good doctrines.” It may be being taught in Churches but make no mistake, it is from the same 60’s leftist culture that has been gradually overtaking our lives for decades now. In reviewing several articles about this weeks shooting at Virginia tech we see Cho described as having been diagnosed autistic at age 8, bullied, made fun of due to his speech, outcast by others and on and on. Nearly everything but he was an evil person who struck out at others.
If we should issue instant forgiveness to Cho, why not others? Why is there such an outcry, even from the left, to get Osama Bin Laden? Shouldn’t he be “forgiven” for his acts, including the slaughter of nearly 3,000 on September 11, 2001? Why isn’t Charles Manson “forgiven” and released from prison?
In fact, why do we even have prisons and a Police Force? If we are expected to “instantly forgive,” why are criminals even labeled as such and locked up? Shouldn’t we just “forgive” them their transgressions and just move on?
HELL NO we shouldn’t!
While leftist infiltration of religion has moved us towards this “feel good doctrine” of forgiveness, it is noticed that Mass Shootings Are More Common Since the 1960s, the era that we saw the mass influx of leftist doctrines transfused into society. It should also be noted that along with this influx of leftist doctrine, gun control measures started making it much harder for law-abiding citizens to obtain and keep a personal weapon.
As this was starting we also saw a landmark Supreme Court decision in 1962 removing prayer from schools followed by the decades long removal of God from our public society. Yet, the same ones urging removal of God from our Public Institutions also insist that the “feel good doctrine of instant forgiveness” betters us.
Nothing could be further from the truth!
As noted in the Dennis Prager article above, forgiveness does come with stipulations. Evildoers have not met those stipulations and have no intention of doing so. Seung-Hui Cho is dead at his own hand. His eternal fate is in the hands of God, not us. Other evildoers still alive will one day meet a similar fate and face their own judgment. Only God knows whether or not they deserve forgiveness and only God will decide if they receive it. All we can do is eliminate them from our midst to protect our families and loved ones.
As we instantly forgive those who do such evil acts, we send a message to others that evil isn’t really as bad as said. Evil acts become minimized and move closer to acceptable in the minds of evildoers. There are no repercussions for evil and crime, just “instant forgiveness.” No repercussions, no deterrent. As we have seen, crime flourishes as does evil acts.
As for Seung-Hui Cho, his Maternal Grandfather said it all. Kim Hyang-Sik, 81, is quoted as saying, "Son of a bitch. He deserved to die.”
Towards forgiving and erecting a memorial to this mass murderer, I say not just NO, but HELL NO!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
April 22, 2007
Posted by Lew Waters at 10:28 AM