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July 19th, 2012
07:55 AM ET

Zimmerman: Shooting 'God's plan'

By Eric Marrapodi, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) -  It was "God's plan" that brought together George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin in a fatal confrontation in February, Zimmerman told Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday in his first television interview.

Zimmerman, 28, has been charged with second-degree murder for shooting Martin in what he says was self-defense. Martin was unarmed when he was killed while walking back to his father's girlfriend's house in a gated residential area of Sanford, Florida.  Zimmerman has pleaded not guilty and has been free on $1 million bail since early July.

Zimmerman, who said he routinely carried a gun except when he was at work, told Hannity he didn't regret deciding to follow Martin that night, after deciding the teen was acting suspiciously, and he didn't regret having a gun.

"Do you feel you wouldn't be here for this interview if you didn't have that gun?" Hannity asked.

"No, sir," Zimmerman responded.

"You feel you would not be here?" Hannity pressed.

"I feel it was all God's plan and for me to second guess it or judge it..." Zimmerman said, pursing his lips and shaking his head.

The 17-year-old victim's father didn't agree with Zimmerman's claim.

"We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son," Tracy Martin said in a statement after Zimmerman's interview was broadcast.

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There's an old joke about a Christian who falls down a flight of stairs and then says, "Thank God that's over."  For some Christians, there is a belief that God is in control of everything in their lives, good and bad, from finding a parking space close to the grocery store to the death of a loved one.

When things go horribly awry, it's not uncommon for people to look to God as the one who drew up the plan, says David M. Carr, professor of Old Testament at Union Theological Seminary.

“What's particularly striking to me in this instance,” Carr told CNN, was that “George Zimmerman is attributing something he did to God’s plan.”

“It's one thing to attribute a natural disaster to God’s plan to try and make sense of the world,” he said. “It’s another thing to justify something you did as God’s plan. That’s taking it to another level.”

“That lets you off the hook, but I think it can look to other people as a pretty transparent attempt at self-justification,” Carr added.

Carr is an expert on the Hebrew Bible, which Christians call the Old Testament.

“One thing that strikes me about many of the narratives in the Old Testament is there are so many places where characters think they know what God is up to, but we know because of the narrator in the story, they’re wrong.”

“So the Bible speaks to the human misperception of what God is doing.”

Zimmerman and his family were longtime members at the All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, Virginia.

"George grew up in Manassas and was active in the church during his youth as an altar server and evening receptionist in the office," Pastor Bob Cilinski of All Saints told CNN in March. "The Zimmerman family were known and respected in the community for their dedication and service."

Despite his Catholic upbringing, some say that that on this point of theology, Zimmerman may be out of step with Catholic teaching.

“God didn’t make us robots, he didn’t make us puppets,” said Father Tom Reese, a senior fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center at Georgetown University.

“A key part of God’s plan is giving us freedom to make decisions.  Sometimes those decisions are good and sometimes those decisions are bad," Reese said, explaining the Catholic teaching on the concept of free will.

"Obviously, not everything we do is part of God’s plan.  Because sometimes we sin and that certainly is not part of God’s plan.  It’s contrary to what God wants."

Reese said Zimmerman's sentiment is not an uncommon one among Christians.  But the idea of a God who controls everything down to the last detail strikes Reese as an idea closer to Greek mythology than the God described in the Bible.

"It’s based on this idea of an absolute powerful God who always gets what he wants.  When we read the Scriptures, we find out God doesn’t always get what he wants.  He’s disappointed and upset when things go wrong,” he said.

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“I think there’s an important insight that these people have, that is when things do go bad, when they go contrary to God’s plan, he can still make good things happen as a result," Reese said.

“When these terrible things happen, God can inspire people to respond to them with courage and compassion so that something positive can come out of something very negative," he added.  "But it wasn’t part of God’s plan that this guy got killed.  We can’t excuse what we do by saying that’s God’s plan.”

Both Carr and Reese were careful to say they were not commenting on the legal aspects of the case and noted that Zimmerman's guilt or innocence should be left up to the courts.

One thing Reese said Zimmerman did get right in the interview was apologizing and praying for the Martin family.

"I'm sorry they had to bury their child," Zimmerman told Hannity.  "I pray for them daily."

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Catholic Church • Christianity

soundoff (1,528 Responses)
  1. Zeus

    Religion did not invent morals.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Sam Yaza (The Moning Star)

      i agree daddy,.. wait a moment my father Zeus is dead,.. who are you impostor!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Morals are more firmly based in moral calculus and not ancient lies written by mental neandrathals that understood only a fraction of what we know of the natural world today.

      All faith based religions ae lies. There is no Yahweh, Allah, Zues, Thor, Ra, Vishnu, or Flying Spaghetti Monster.

      Christians and Muslems, are mostly the same as Atheists, just Atheists go one god further in their disbelief.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
  2. Roger Elgersma

    George second guessed the police when they said that they did not need him to go there. The stand your ground law enboldened him to comfront someone he was not supposed to confront. In the old testament God allowed pagans to attack those who went wrong. George was a prejudiced person who wants to justify a bad opinion gone wrong. If his daddy was not a judge he would have been prosecuted right away as anyone else.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  3. weezy

    Zimmerman needs therapy p.d.q. Was it God's plan for he and his wife to initially lie about their financial status? Is he going for the insanity plea or what?

    July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  4. Rob

    I think CNN is placing a bit too much emphasis on zimmerman's remark about god's plan. This is typical liberal bias reporting–try to discredit Zimmerman by painting him as a religious freak. Of course if he was Muslim they couldn't touch it. Whatever zimmerman's feelings about"god's plan" it had no impact on his justified self defense action. The kid had no right to beat the crap out of him and he ended up paying the price.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • sam

      So it was a perfectly sane thing for him to say, then? Didn't strike you as odd, at all? I have a feeling you don't even know what 'liberal' means, it's just a word you heard on Fox news one night.

      'Justified defense'? Oh, man, it's got to be hard to breathe with your head that far up your ass. Let a court decide.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • NPRJim

      Rob-What a pants load. Zimmerman is using a professed belief in god to mask his guilt in killing an unarmed and innocent teen. It's pathetic that he is doing so and even more pathetic that you are standing up for it.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Rob

      Is that all you people have is the "Fox insult"? Oh boo-hoo, one network that is not polluted by liberal ideology. You don't thin I know the meaning of the word? Your attempts to discredit are pathetic.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • NPRJim

      Rob-your support of a murderer is pathetic.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      Rob, you've been discredited.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  5. sybaris

    Belief in any god is a disgusting perverted disease of the mind.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  6. Peter

    His god's name is Satan.
    You fools who gave him money.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  7. imABeliever

    The interviewees in this article must not believe the Bible, because it does teach that God is in control over all things that happen.

    “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted." Job 42.2

    "His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” Daniel 4.34-35

    July 19, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
    • sybaris

      Uh, 66% of the world doesn't believe in your book of fairy tales either.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • zometimer

      Nothing fails like prayer.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • NPRJim

      Neiter one of those versus is saying that god is in control of everything, but instead it is saying that if god does have a plan, then man can't thwart it. The fact of the matter is that the very beginnning of the bible outlines that man has free will and man started on this earth going against gods will.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • Roger Elgersma

      When you are acting in God's will that may be. But when a person acts on their own will or misjudgement then this becomes a very bad excuss to justify any mistake. The Bible is not there for us to justify our mistakes. Shame on yu for not reading your Bible in a wrong context. You are also making a joke of Christianity when you missuse your Bible. Pray before you get your next kneejerk reaction.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • jt35

      God gives us freedom of choice to follow him or not. I'm not a theologian, but I do seem to remember Jesus making a statement about standing at the door and knocking to be allowed in. If he gives us that ultimate choice- to believe or not- then certainly he gives us free will in our lives as well. I hope you are not saying that Zimmerman did not have the choice to go leave his gun at home, not get out of his car, or to pull the trigger.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
    • ol cranky

      based on your comment, why punish rapists, murderers or pedophiles if they're only doing what G-d made them do?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm |
  8. theDude

    Jackie Treehorn treats objects like women.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:08 pm |
    • Walter

      OVER THE LINE!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  9. annevincent

    Those who choose to view life's struggles through the lens of religion, whether it be Zimmerman or Martin's family, do so for the personal comfort it provides. It shouldn't be up to anyone else to pass judgement upon that comfort or upon the personal religious interpretation or beliefs that provide that comfort. It is what it is. The underlying hate of individuals who have taken polarized positions on this tragic story, should not be spilling over into this type of "holier than tho" type of discussion.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • zometimer

      This is a discusion board, go pray and stop bothering us.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Faith demands the belief in things even when evidence to the contrary is present. Faith demands the supression of logic and reason. This suppression of the minds ability of logical reasoning leads to distortions of the logical plane of examination, sending waves of distortion into all areas of study.

      Your decision to hold to ignorant irrational beliefs will effect othes when you advocate your beliefs. You are not an island divorced from the reality of others, but are a part of the same world. Other people have every right to question and comment upon your beliefs.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • Patrish

      So is comforting for people to believe in a fantasy power that no one can prove exists.Yet 'he' can be blamed for everything that happens. The dog ate the pizza off the table – that's God's will? Your spouse cheats on you – that's God's will? Your car get stolen that's God's will? Then we shouldn't punish the theft. With thinking like that we don't need prisons, cause it's no one fault when they make bad choices. We all have free will and make choice everyday – get over the God's will thing.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  10. Zeus

    There is no such thing as god. Once again we have another example of humans using religion to gain a false insight. Zimmerman's use is no different that an evangelist wanting donations to buy a new house, Mormon's buying votes, Catholics blabbing about supernatural places or Muslims blowing up public transportation.

    ALL IN GOD'S NAME MEANS I CAN DO ANYTHING I WANT. I'll justify it with one of the religions.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • ScottCA

      God also commanded Moses and the isrealites to kill all the men and kill all the women and children, and keep only the little girls too young to have had s e x yet and keep them as their new wives.

      Yahweh was the frst gangsta pimp.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Sam Yaza (The Moning Star)

      don;t listen to the impostor Zeus, he was killed by Yahweh about 1700 years ago modern Zeus worshipers worship his memory Olympus fell many of the goods laid defeated all but Athena (aka Lucifer {in Christianity] Samyaza [Judaism])remains,.. i was wise enough to flee they were arrogant really i still kind of blame them

      July 19, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  11. 007isalive

    this is not a case of killing someone. its a case of prejudice and hatred deep buried in the hearts of whites against the people whom they brought to the land of immigrants,later declaring themselves.masters and the Blacks as slaves. Case is very clear.Zimmerman killed the innocent boy who never came out of his home with the intention to kill a white ,world cannot shut its eyes on reality. Logic doesn't exist here,religion doesn't exist in this case swindling of zimmerman,fooling the world soaking the story in superstion that itwas God's plan, is his superiority complex that always dominates white people here.Ths man must be hanged for his deliberately killing of an innocent boy who had yet to see the colorings of the world that was his right. and how calous are some people surely they are whites calling a dead boy thug or something.its also against all the religion to let loose foul remarks when the deceased is not alive to reply. shame is a little word for these people.Look how rude and arrogant he looks in the photo.This brutal and criminal must not see the sun of next year.I pray for the boy and am with his parents in their grief and loss.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Zeus

      What if Martin did declare to Zimmerman, "You will die tonight!" while bashing his head in to the ground as Zimmerman has stated. What if Zimmerman's account is true? I would have shot him too.

      Try not to let emotions cloud the facts that will hopefully come out. I will say from what little I've read of the facts this would be a VERY tough case to be a juror on.

      Racism exists, but we don't know for FACT if that was the motive in this case. The motive could have been self defense.

      BE OPEN MINDED!!!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
    • jr

      prejudice – an unfavorable opinion or feeling formed beforehand or without knowledge, thought, or reason.

      007isalive i think you fit that definition perfectly. good job.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      *If* Zimmerman initiated the incident, I don't think he can claim self defence or protection under "stand your ground" laws. While no one knows precisely what happened, I believe it is clear that if Zimmerman had not followed TM, against the advise of the 911 folks, TM would not have died.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • ScottCA

      Zues you take on things is both logical and rational and well thought out. Once again an Atheist is presenting the most morally balanced and respectable positon on a topic.

      The persecution of Zimmerman is a witchhunt, with people professing to have psychic powers of divination that allow them to see his guilt, even with all evidence so far presented pointing towards his innocence.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • NPRJim

      Zues-If anyone was justified in "standing his ground" it was Trayvon, Zimmerman is a murder who killed an innocent teen. Zimmerman followed Trayvon and was armed while on Neighborhood watch. This is a plain case of vigilantism and direct proof of why it is illegal and why no one on Neighborhood watch should be armed.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  12. LOL Religion

    If you think there is a magic man in the sky who has a plan for you or this universe, you're a moron.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Rob

      If the federal government is your god, you are even dumber.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Rusty S.

      Does that include the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Canaan

      Taking the time to maek such a statement shows how insecured and angry you are inside. I will pray for you and those you love.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • Zeus

      Why the hell would the fed govt be someone's god? THere are ZERO gods!!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • Jones

      That is very sad that you feel that way. If that where true than what is your purpose tied too? Where do you morals come from? What in your life gives you meaning? If you are on the search for happiness remember that "meaninglessness doesn't come from being weary of pain. Meaninglessness is comes from being weary of pleasure." Chesterton

      July 19, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
  13. Dale

    Well first it started out as a racist white man kills innocent young black man, then according to the New York Times it was a white Hispanic racist who killed a young black man, now we hear it is a Hispanic who killed a young innocent black man. What is really amazing is each time George Zimmerman's' ethnicity changes we hear less and less from people like Al Shapton, Jessie Jackson, Eric Holder, and the justices system. Neither one of these people, George Zimmerman or Trayvon Martian were not angles. Moreover, both individuals had criminal records.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • Walter Shmitt

      Nope, angles they were certainly not. Nor were they straight lines, curves, or polygons.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Doesn't matter who had a criminal record, all that matters is who perpetrated the situation and who held the gun. Zimmerman is as guilty as guilty gets and him using the 'god made me do it' excuse is a cop out. Martin was a 17 year old boy without a weapon, walking back to his fathers girlfriends place carrying a bag of skittles and a bottle of iced tea...Zimmerman saw him, followed him-after being told not to do so and in turn ended up in a scuffle with the kid where the end result of that was Zimmerman using a weapon when one was nor necessary to get the situation under control.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
  14. VVVV

    Spin one sentence in the interview. Jeez... CNN on a mission from God apparently 😉
    BTW: Free will is an illusion.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  15. Jebbb

    II think God's plan was for Trayvon to knock out George Zimmerman, teach him not to get up in the face of a stranger minding his own business, but God didn't know George had a gun. But, bad news for George Zimmerman: Florida laws against murder don't have an exception for "it was God's plan." 'Course if George can prove it, the prosecutor can charge God with being an accessory. I don't think so. George, that's a pitiful excuse. You did a stupid and cruel thing, an innocent boy is unnecessarily dead, his parents mourn, and you blew your own life and the happiness of your family to heck with the same bullet that killed the Martins' child. I believe you wish you could take it back, but you can't. Other wannabe vigilantes, take a lesson. All my sympathy to Trayvon's family. So sad to lose their son like that.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
  16. sonotso

    So we need a Theology Proff. to tell us that we have choice. As long as we think like sheep we are going to keep getting it put to us.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
  17. Walter Shmitt

    Dear CNN, please stop pandering to the racist Zimmerman defenders. At least give some time to the other side of this tragic farce.

    God is dead. So is Trayvon. Zimmerman killed Trayvon. Now Zimmerman is walking, talking truth of the absence of god.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • mslisac363

      Smart one I've never seen where God is dead, his only son died to save us from our sins. Bless you heart. I'm truly sick of this story... Sick of some poor people using the life of this young man for a dollar... Sick of race because something happens to a black person... Someone wants to fire you, don't want to hire you, thinks you act as if you have no education, and someone owes you something. Black people are no better than anyone else and stop trying to create your own world to have your way. You're so good that you can use someone with a little white blood and claim they are white, but yet you ignore that most black americans are part white and if you were not your skin would look like you were fresh from Africa. Just sick of this Obama world where blacks think they control everything that has to do with another race while you sit back and watch black on black crime withouat a problem. This is just so stupid where people with no brains is running the USA and trying to make us a backwards welfare country...

      July 19, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
  18. Rusty S.

    God could've saved Trayvon, but he was busy giving AIDS to babies in Africa that day.

    July 19, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  19. imABeliever

    This story is so one-sided. They only gave one theological point of view (Arminian/Weslyan) and didn't interview any Reformed ministers or theologians. They would have told you that the historic Christian view for most of the 2000 past years has been that God is sovereign over everything that happens and that nothing happens outside of his plan. It's simply the doctrine of Providence, which is a totally biblical doctrine and has broad support from lots of Christian believers today.

    July 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Rhope

      I agree with you but that is not the balance that CNN is trying to achieve here though. CNN carries these 'God' article every once in a while with the sole purpose of provoking a god/no god debate... So far, they have done an amazing job

      July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • Rusty S.

      I notice that you've conveniently forgotten Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, etc. This is symptomatic of the problem with Christianity today. They believe theirs is the only view that matters.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • VVVV

      The Religious people that don't believe in free will got that part of it right. Free will is an illusion. To have free will in a scientific world requires a thought that happened without a cause and that is magic and not science at all.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • Jones

      Daniel, do you think that it is healthier for a child to be raised in a post-modern world where ethics are determined by the individual or by a standard code of morals and ethics? Yes or no, which is better for a child?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • JLS639

      By reformed I assume you mean Calvanist? Calvanism believes people can make choices, but only those chosen by God will make the choices that will achieve salvation. Those not chosen lack the strength to overcome their vices to the extent necessary for salvation.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  20. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things

    July 19, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
    • Daniel

      Religion is not healthy for kids, it brainwashes them with hate and intolerance

      July 19, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
    • Rusty S.

      Ask the millions of people who've been killed in the name of God how unhealthy Atheism is.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • just sayin

      More people have been murdered by atheists in the last 100 years than in all previous centuries combined. God bless

      July 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • chris in chicago

      Daniel-

      ignorance is not something to showcase. Religion isn't unhealthy, extremist beliefs are. Religion is extremist. Your anti-religious beliefs are extreme, and are, ironically, probably not healthy for children.

      and are you so tolerant that you can judge?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • just sayin

      I know this because my pants told me; there are voices in my pants.

      However...I seem to have lost them. Please help. God bless

      July 19, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • just sayin

      Tom Tom is ever so cute when it steals. God bless

      July 19, 2012 at 6:22 pm |
    • Rusty S.

      Just sayin. That's a lie and you know it. Throughout the last 5000 years, most genocides and acts state sponsored mass murder has been in the name of religion. I'd love to hear your accounts of the Atheists that have started anything like the Crusades or the Holocaust.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:28 pm |
    • Jesus

      Prayer does not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.

      An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.

      The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!

      July 19, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Um, just lyin? I just now got home. Been at the mall since 2:45. Guess you are lying yet again. Why should anyone believe what you claim about your god?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • fred

      Rusty S
      Soviet Russia, China, Khmer Rouge and Nazi Germany commited the greatest acts of violence against religion known to man. With the exception of Germany the other 3 were state sponsored and the leaders were atheists.
      It is man not God that is to blame.

      July 19, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • fred

      Jesus
      The studies you typically mention on prayer are flawed. Why bother with spreading falshood against prayer when you have some excelent specific examples? Oh, add this to your list; God answered my prayer and gave me a new life. Would you like a new life?

      July 19, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • Patrish

      Well at least atheist don't run around killing people and then claim it was God's will.

      July 19, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • fred

      Patrish
      Those who call killing as being Gods will in the 2,000 years reject Christ. Hitler could not have known Christ and allowed or carried out his violence. Stalin used ideology as an excuse and Pol Pot was just a nut of an atheist. Mao was just locked into tradition and happen to be atheist.
      Not Gods fault or plan when men behave like animals

      July 19, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV

      @Fred,

      still railing on the godless commies? At least they're dead. But there is one thing you said that resonates with me:

      "It is man not God that is to blame."

      I'm with you there, and not just because there is no God. Zimmerman's "I killed a boy and I liked it." statement can hardly be called "God's Will." I presume that you're in agreement there too?

      July 19, 2012 at 7:22 pm |
    • fred

      I'm not a GOPer, nor do I play one on TV
      That kind of statement is the opposite of anything that would be considered right.

      July 19, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
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