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Preaching the Zimmerman verdict

Preaching the Zimmerman verdict

George Zimmerman has been found not guilty of the murder of Trayvon Martin. If you give or hear a sermon about tonight’s verdict in this racially charged case, please tell us about it in the comments section of this post which we will update during the day.

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Bill Moorhead

Following up on Gregory Orloff’s comment: I wasn’t present in the courtroom for Mr. Zimmerman’s trial, so I can’t really comment on the merits of the verdict. But I did serve on a jury for a much less serious accusation (DWI) in which we concluded that although we believed the defendant was guilty, we also judged that the prosecution had not proved their case under the law, and therefore we returned a verdict of “not guilty.” My experience on juries (3 so far) was that the jurors were very careful and thoughtful, and attentive to the provisions of the law.

Freeman Gilbert

My priest vested in a stole that was given to him by a close collaborator of Dr Martin Luther King, Jr and a black hoodie. I can be traditionalist, but today I was so very proud of my priest. Receiving the Host from a man with a black hoodie up was a blessing for me.

Fmendespinto

Visiting a geriatric, mostly white parish way out in the American Southwest. Evidently the preacher has never heard of Trayvon Martin.

Bill Dilworth

Paul Woodrum

In all of this, I notice a tendency to forget that the justice system is focused on the accused, not the victim. It is to protect one from false accusation. The accused is innocent until proven guilty. The accused is entitled to a trial by one’s peers.

In the Zimmerman case, I think the system failed and the accused did not get the justice he deserved.

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