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.”