Religious leaders can’t go along with release of Lockerie bomber

There was little talk of forgiveness in NBC’s report last night about what NY religious leaders have to say on the release of the Lockerie bomber from a Scottish prison.

You can read a full report HERE, but here are a few snippets:

Archbishop Dolan: “While as a follower of Jesus Christ I believe in mercy, I also believe that mercy must always be tempered with justice. Mercy can be demonstrated in ways other than by releasing a man responsible for so much pain, suffering, and death.”

Episcopal Bishop of NY Mark Sisk (that’s him): “It seems to me to be a truly terrible misunderstanding of what compassion is. It truly undercut the sensibilities of those who are the survivors.  And in that sense, it is, I think horrific.”

Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, head of the New York Board of Rabbis: “I cannot forgive this person (Al-Megrahi), I cannot forgive Adolf Hitler. I cannot forgive Timothy McVeigh.”

Imam Mohammed Shamsi Ali of the Islamic Cultural Center of New York: “I don’t want this to be a signal or gesture to the other criminals around to say at the end of the day you will be a heroic one. Terrorism is terrorism and we want terrorism to be stopped in any way and in any means possible.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.