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Forgiveness for Casey Anthony: Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged?

One of my favorite religious sayings is “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” though I usually mean it in a light-hearted way. Still, it comes to mind now, as we see the frenzy of outrage over “Tot Mom” Casey Anthony’s not guilty verdict, and speculation on whether she’ll be getting some kind of divine justice instead, assuming she actually did kill her daughter Caylee.

Check out the Rev. Alan Rudnick’s column: What we are guilty of in Casey Anthony’s case.

Urban Christian News has a different take on this, though.


The Christian Post, which has covering the trial from a (duh) Christian perspective, wrapped things up with this Twitter-based reaction piece listing shocked tweets from Pastor Rick Warren and others.

Otherwise, there’s been relatively scant faith-related coverage so far, but check out this column from National Catholic Reporter: My take on the Casey Anthony verdict.

Meanwhile, guess I’d better shelve my “Casey Anthony Loves Scott Peterson” reality TV show pitch. There’s always my other ideas: Dirtbag Island (featuring Anthony Weiner, Arnold Schwarzenegger, John Edwards, John Ensign and other philandering politicians) and StageDad Manor (starring the fathers of Jessica Simpson, Lindsay Lohan, Beyonce, etc.).

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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posted July 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

I did not follow this trial, my interests lie elsewhere. But I heard a commentator say the jury apparently was not strongly enough convinced of guilt, so they let her off on that charge. If so, they absolutely did the right thing. Our legal system was set up so that we should only be convicted of serious charges if the jury or judge is strongly convinced of our guilt. The prosecutor has the harder job, as he or she should. And if an innocent person gets off occasionally, as is sure to happen and many people think happened here, that’s the price we pay for a system where we can’t be thrown in jail with little proof.

At least if we’re white we probably can’t be. If you’re well to do you almost surely can’t be.

Now on another subject, let me just mention that “Rob Kerby, Senior Editor” has apparently set it up so I can’t post to his stuff. If you don’t see me there it’s not because I don’t have anything to say. There’s a lot to say about what he chooses to publish and how. He just won’t let me say it. At least not under my “name”.

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Philip Lindsey

posted July 7, 2011 at 7:52 am

SHUT YOUR LIPS! Where was this Christian forgiveness for the guiltless Duke lacrosse team? For guiltless David Smith? For guiltless Ray Buckey? Answer: Absent! They were met with feminist and church-lady gender-bigot hatefests. Your article is just another in a long line of anti-male hate missives from Christian women. And the Casey Anthony case just restates the biased belief that only women are real victims, only men real perpetrators. Even when dealing with the Priest pedophile scandal it remains common practice to downplay the glaring gender disparity in victimization.

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Philip Lindsey

posted July 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

Substitute reticence for forgiveness in the prior post.

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posted July 8, 2011 at 7:28 pm

Now on another subject, let me just mention that “Rob Kerby, Senior Editor” has apparently set it up so I can’t post to his stuff

Wow. You got banned? Who woulda thunk it? Maybe if you toned down your far-left rhetoric in exchange for a more balanced, open-minded approach…. nah. Nevermind.

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posted July 11, 2011 at 2:15 pm

I followed this case from start to finish, And Fogive Casey? Forgive her for KILLING Caylee? Throwing her putting duct tape on her mouth and nose, putting her in the trunk of her car, in Trash bags, and than dump her like TRASH in the swamp/woods right down the road from her parents home. And Never reporting Caylee missing for 31 days, while she goes out to bars, and hot body contests. Lies to her own parents, police, and Caylee is rotting the the woods/swamp down the street. She threw her parents under a bus, train, in court.
Who are grieving the loss of there granddaughter.
And now gets found NOT GUILTY because the juror’s wanted DNA, they had NO body, So they had nothing to compare the evidence to. Caylee was all bones. I will not get into that jury.
Only God can forgive her, Not me, She has to ask God!!! And Casey will never do that. Casey is a MURDER. She killed CAYLEE. So lets Remember Caylee, And get on line, sign Caylee Law. Just type in Caylee Law and you can sign, the petition. I hope all 50 states put this into law.

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Neriah Ben David

posted July 30, 2011 at 11:13 am

Absolutely . . . The People outside the courtroom want to string Casey up to the nearest Oak Tree. JUDGE NOT I say!! I’d like to tally the sins of these Self-Righteous people. SORRY STONE THROWERS!!

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