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.”

Religious leaders to talk about Lockerbie bomber release on NBC at 6 p.m.

NBC news apparently interviewed religious leaders in NYC about the controversial release from prison in Scotland of the Lockerbie bomber, Libyan Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, and will air a report tonight (Aug. 25) at 6 p.m.

Among those interviewed: Episcopal Bishop of NY Mark Sisk, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive director of the New York Board of Rabbis, and Imam Mohammad Shamsi Ali, Head Imam at the Islamic Cultural Center of New York.

You have to figure there will be talk about justice and forgiveness (but not necessarily in that order).