God Will Provide Justice

2013-07-26 12:52

AS a person who has been observing  George Zimmerman's trial from the other side of the world, I have neglected to participate in many of the debates surrounding this case. The reason I have kept to myself is simply because I am not one to assume what a person's motives might have been. One side of the story is dead, the other is being crucified. I may have my personal opinion, but it does not hold water here.

But after viewing the interview on abc news with Juror B-29 (a.k.a Maddy) this morning,  I have decided to break my silence. Why? Because I detected a familiar trait in Maddy. A trait which is so prevalent in our society today, that I think should be given significant attention.

“George Zimmerman got away with murder, but you can’t get away from God. And at the end of the day, he’s going to have a lot of questions and answers he has to deal with,” She said, her voice quivering with emotion.

That’s great, but what about the supposed act of murder? Where was God when that shit went down?

Now I consider myself a a liberal person who is pleasantly intrigued and tolerant when people choose to believe in anything from Spider Man to the Tooth fairy. What crosses a line with me however is when those beliefs interfere with a person’s ability to practice critical thinking, especially where human rights are concerned.

The whole concept of a cosmic entity provides a sense of security, which certain individuals use as an excuse to dismiss their own accountability. It is often easier for someone to ignore the unpleasant facts of an event rather then embrace them and assume full responsibility for their participation in bringing them about.

On February 26, 2012, an unarmed teenager was pursued, shot and killed by a man who, based on the hunch that the boy “looked suspicious”, went against the instruction of the dispatcher .

Some have argued that George Zimmerman was merely exercising his right to stand his ground.

They fail to acknowledge that he actively pursued Trayvon Martin without a valid reason to do so. Perhaps Trayvon did react violently, but shouldn’t that be considered more of an act of self-defence than that of his attacker who initiated the confrontation in the first place?

Each and every one of the six jurors involved in issuing the “not guilty” verdict, must now go to bed at night knowing that there is a potentially, loose cannon on the streets. They have determined the outcome of the trial, so it is up to them to hold themselves responsible, even if they decide to change their minds about it later.

To all this, a woman – one who believed herself to have released a murderer back into society- told America that God would provide justice. A young boy lies cold beneath the ground while his killer roams free, partially thanks to her. But not to worry. God will deal with him……in hell or something.

No one except for George Zimmerman will ever know what truly happened that night.  Even I cannot find it within myself to judge those events with surety.  I do find it alarming though how someone who feels she has played a part in releasing an evil back into the world can so easily dismiss her accountability by bringing faith into the picture.

If only it were that simple. I truly wish I could hide within my faith and  find safety in whatever spiritual beliefs I may possess whenever I turn a blind eye to crimes which I feel are beyond my power to punish. Unfortunately I am the kind of girl who gets angry and raises awareness.

Faith itself does not satisfy me because I prefer to first analyse a circumstance and know exactly what I’m dealing with before I learn to trust it.

Let me clarify that this is not a personal attack. For those of you who may feel offended by my observation, I am not suggesting that you give up your faith. I’m not even saying that every, religious individual is irresponsible.

What I am saying is that irresponsibility is often encouraged by the general belief systems which stem from the notion of a God who will solve all the world’s problems someday.

We as individuals must consider our actions to be a reflection of ourselves, rather then pre-ordained by God, who as of yet contains no concrete evidence to prove his existence.

Although I congratulate Maddy for  having the courage to express her regret and true feelings regarding the role she played in the trial, such an action seemed a little weak. She hid behind a notion of God, which is the easy way out for people on the hot seat.

In all fairness she did extend a heart-felt apology to Trayvon’s parents. She also explained that despite her initial desire to find Zimmerman guilty of second degree murder, she believed herself unable to issue a guilty verdict based on evidence which proved the opposite under Florida law.

That being said, for a person to suggest that God has orchestrated and will now avenge an act of injustice, shows a resigned acceptance to unfair circumstances. This is not a stance I approve of or find even remotely logical.

It saddens me to see how some people will readily turn to their religion or spirituality as a way of numbing themselves to the harsh  reality of their actions.How much more commendable it would be if individuals owned up to themselves and the world rather than leave the effects of their actions to be corrected by a phantom in the sky.

Only time will tell, and perhaps Maddy  will do just that, in which case I will salute her.


AB praises selfless skipper

2010-11-21 18:15

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