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July 17, 2013

“Evangelical” Left Weighs in on Zimmerman Verdict

And you know what? The E-lefties sound just as ignorant, just as foolish, and just as determined as secular lefties to turn the acquittal of George Zimmerman into some kind of racial/ideological trope that can be used to convict America. First up is Brian McLaren, with as dishonest a piece of hackery as you’ll ever see in Sojourners:

One America now has more reason to believe that their sons can be presumed guilty until proven innocent without a reasonable doubt when they’re walking down the street armed only with Skittles and an iced tea.

The other America now has more reason to believe that they can get away with murder, or something close to it, as long as the victim is young and black and wearing a hoodie.

One America now has less reason to believe that their sons will have equal protection under the law.

The other America is more secure in its right to “stand its ground” and will be even more determined to carry concealed weapons — and use them.

One America is threatened by the “reasonable doubt” that protects the other.

One America watches as the other America expands their gun rights while reducing protections for its own voting rights.

The other America sincerely believes their own gun rights are more threatened than their counterparts’ voting rights.

It goes on in that vein, and is pure, unadulterated nonsense. There are murders every day in this country–some are white-on-black, some black-on-white, the majority black-on-black. The Zimmerman trial was not a stand-in for America’s racial troubles, especially as more and more details emerge that indicate that the accused was anything but a racist. But none of that matters to a clown such as McLaren. All that matters is “The Narrative” and its exploitation.

Then there’s Jim Wallis:

If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today. Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true. But when black 17-year-old Trayvon Martin went out that night, just to get a snack, he ended up dead — and is no longer with his dad and mom. Try to imagine how that feels, as his parents.

It’s a terrible thing, what his parents have had to endure, but you know what–if Wallis’ son had done that, and walked through the wrong neighborhood, there’s an even higher likelihood that he would have been robbed or killed by African-American youths just out looking for a fight. In Wallis’ world, however, only whites (or, apparently, “white Hispanics”) are ever guilty of this sort of thing.

It was a political, legal, and moral mistake to not put race at the center of this trial because it was at the center from the beginning of this terrible case. Many are now saying, “There was a trial; the results must be accepted.” How well the case against George Zimmerman was prosecuted, how fair the tactics of the defense were, the size and selection of the jury, how narrowly their instructions were given — all will be the subject of legal discussions for a very long time.

But while the legal verdicts of this trial must be accepted, the larger social meaning of court cases and verdicts must be dealt with, especially as they impact the moral quality of our society.

What a bunch of crap. Nothing at the trial demonstrated that the incident was about race, Trayvon’s friend Rachel Jeantel has said it wasn’t about race, in fact if Trayvon Martin had been Swedish and George Zimmerman just off the boat from Addis Ababa it never would have been about race, and in fact never would have been heard of beyond Sanford, Florida. The only reason it was made about race by the mainstream media, white liberals, and African-American con men like Al Sharpton is because they saw an opportunity to make hay, to flog white guilt, and to stir up racial animosity, each for their own reasons. Jim Wallis is among those doing just that, though God only knows why.

And the impact of race in and on this case, this trial, and the response to it around the country must now all be centrally addressed.

There is no doubt that this whole tragedy began with the racial profiling of Trayvon Martin. In George Zimmerman’s comments, rationales, and actions, the identity of Trayvon as a young black man was absolutely central. Both sides in the courtroom admitted that.

And this is simply a lie. Maybe Wallis gets all of his news from MSNBC and Worker’s World, so he doesn’t actually know what went on in this trial. But I suspect he knows, and simply chooses to lie about it because, like McLaren, he has to make what happened fit “The Narrative,” no matter what.

Feel free to read the rest. I’m done. Jim Wallis has said some pretty dumb things in his time, but this is as low as I’ve ever seen him go. This is despicable.

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I just don’t understand how folks who write this sort of hateful lying crap sleep at night.  Seriously.

IF you actually study the facts THE ONLY conclusion you can come to is that Zimmerman should NEVER have been charged in the first place.

[1] Posted by B. Hunter on 7-17-2013 at 12:57 PM · [top]

IF you actually study the facts THE ONLY conclusion you can come to is that Zimmerman should NEVER have been charged in the first place

Ah, but the Episcopal Bishop of Central Florida believes otherwise,

It was good that Sanford Police Chief got fired because he was maintaining two levels of justice.

” Due to the emergence of this case, the chief of the Sanford Police Department was forced to resign. There has been a clear pattern in the Sanford police department—a pattern of two levels of justice.

The Trayvon Martin incident was so explosive for the community because it followed a number of crimes against of black people, which were not investigated the same as those with white victims”
Really, how about those 400 times the police were called by residents of Zimmerman’s community in just one year?  I doubt it was for littering….....

Actually, the issue laid dormant for a couple of months until Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and Obama’s DOJ came in and stirred things up.

[2] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 7-17-2013 at 01:38 PM · [top]

I hope Zimmerman sues some of the people who have libeled him. The man who was falsely accused in the Atlanta bombing got some money from the press. Zimmerman is not a public official and would not have been famous but for his slanderers. I do not believe he has to prove actual malice but , if so, it can be done.

[3] Posted by Pb on 7-17-2013 at 02:26 PM · [top]

I’m thinking that Jim Wallis isn’t lying: he really believes this stuff. Which is more scarey, if you think about it, because a true believer can whip up a lot more sand than a con artist. McLaren, I can’t speak about, although he has always struck me as an opportunistic showboater.

BTW, the “justice” system really does treat black people differently. I know for a fact that the white police department in a small suburb here responds to white people with crime issues than black people with crime issues. I’ve seen it.  I’ve seen black people get 40 years for a crime that white people might get 5 or get probation. Years ago, my city had a case where one of the white kids involved in a black shooting got probation. That doesn’t make it true that the Zimmerman case was, or was not a matter of racial politics, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Sanford PD is tilted toward treating whites like victims and blacks like criminals.

[4] Posted by Words Matter on 7-17-2013 at 03:51 PM · [top]

#4, George Zimmerman ran a petition campaign on exactly that kind of issue (before the Martin shooting).  A homeless black guy had been beaten and the (white) son of a police leader was implicated, and Zimmerman protested that.  It’s one of the things which has made this prosecution so peculiar.  But past and current police malfeasance and indifference do not excuse mistreating anyone.

Add to the dishonor roll Episcopal Bishop Stacy Sauls, who shames himself with this rant at ENS.

[5] Posted by Katherine on 7-17-2013 at 05:15 PM · [top]

HOLD the Gullability and Emoting and the presses and electrons!

Where’s the JD when they are really needed?

[6] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 7-17-2013 at 10:11 PM · [top]

They are both despicable indeed.

What is most annoying is how McLaren puts on his act of being even-handed when he is almost the opposite.

[7] Posted by Newbie Anglican on 7-18-2013 at 07:43 AM · [top]

After reading Bp. Saul’s observations about a case where he is admittedly ignorant, has me thinking. Most people would not attempt to comment in such a situation. For folks who believe that myth is the highest form of truth, this is no problem. Are we dealing with a modern myth of Trayvon Martin where “truth” trumps facts?

[8] Posted by Pb on 7-18-2013 at 09:01 AM · [top]

Are we dealing with a modern myth of Trayvon Martin where “truth” trumps facts?

Actually its ideology that trumps facts;

But every once in awhile, someone sticks it right in their face where they can’t ignore it.

[9] Posted by Capt. Father Warren on 7-18-2013 at 05:37 PM · [top]

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