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July 14th, 2013
12:18 AM ET

Twitter theme: Zimmerman will face a higher Judge

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

(CNN) - As news spread on social media of the not guilty verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, a religious theme soon emerged: Sooner or later, a higher authority will judge George Zimmerman

Martin's mother, Sybrina Fulton, may have been the first to express a version of this theme:

Football star Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings echoed those words:

That view crossed racial lines. Christopher Epting, an Episcopal bishop in Chicago, simply said:

Joshua Dubois, the former director of the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Initiatives and a Pentecostal pastor, drew on the Bible for this tweet:

Author Shirley Strawberry cited the Bible as well.

Some, like singer Josiah Bell, seemed to take some solace in the idea of divine justice.

But others put a frustrated spin on the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous phrase about morality.

Soul singer Betty Wright drew flak for saying that Zimmerman will end up in hell.

Finally, some Christians noted the irony of this Sunday's Bible reading for many liturgical churches: The story of the Good Samaritan:

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church • Courts • Ethics • United States

soundoff (942 Responses)
  1. Kenneth G.

    They really had to streeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeetch to make this a religion story. Pretty sad when you have to go to twitter for your stories.

    July 14, 2013 at 4:05 am |
  2. lionlylamb2013

    George will be running from the general public for years even though I knew he would be found not guilty long before the verdict was handed down. His life will be in shambles by hateful folks looking to do him in,,,, Justice seems sometimes cruel but mob revenge is no answer and George's peers being the jurists have reached a verdict that should put an end to anyone's perspectives deemed otherwise,,,

    July 14, 2013 at 4:04 am |
    • Kenneth G.

      "Hateful folk looking to do him in." Well, as you sow, so shall you reap.

      July 14, 2013 at 4:06 am |
    • lionlylamb2013

      Kenneth G.

      Mob mentality,,, now that rings a bell,,, WWJD?

      July 14, 2013 at 4:12 am |
    • Flamespeak

      On an aside, I have always hated the 'jury of your peers' line. At the most, they are jury of neutral people. Peers would be people who know you and have a overall good impression of you. It isn't a 'jury of your enemies' but 'peers' is not the right word at all either.

      July 14, 2013 at 4:26 am |
  3. Harvey D. Rabbit

    Interesting that the people that are happy about this are right-wing white people.

    July 14, 2013 at 4:03 am |
    • Flamespeak

      And lawyers, people who study law, those who looked at just the facts instead of judging with their feelings, and a plethora of other people.

      The only one's upset over it tend to be die-hard racists and those liberal to the point of insanity.

      July 14, 2013 at 4:10 am |
    • Saraswati

      Most people who believe in the concept of reasonable doubt are happy about it, even if they think he may be guilty of something beyond the stupidity of which all agree he is guilty.

      July 14, 2013 at 6:28 am |
  4. Mopery

    Florida spoke volumes this evening, it's open season on blacks in the sunshine state. Thanks for pushing history and progress back half a century.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:59 am |
    • Saraswati

      What was needed here was proof. In another case that may well be available. But to pretend this is a common class of violent event is to adopt histrionics. It is an isolated case where one man's idiocy killed someone.

      July 14, 2013 at 6:31 am |
  5. JoMama

    Semantics, Larry. He was found not guilty because there was no evidence, not because there was a lack of evidence. Spin it any way you want, you are whining because the system didn't work in your favor. It *did* work, though. Just not the way you wanted it to.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:58 am |
    • Larry

      Your comment is so hilariously hypocritical that I will let it be so others can just laugh at you.

      July 14, 2013 at 4:00 am |
  6. Tom Robinson

    Trayvon was not saved. He did not attend church. I believe he's in Hell right now. He had four minutes to get home. It should have only taken him seconds. He made the choice to go after Zimmerman with violence. Violence is what he received.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:57 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      What kind of disgusting azzhole god allows anyone to go to "hell?" Yuck!

      July 14, 2013 at 12:44 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Not that I believe there are any gods, but are you sure about TM's religious beliefs? How do you what he believed in and whether or not he believed he was saved?

      July 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm |
  7. Chase

    God doesn't exist but society will bring justice.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:53 am |
    • Psst...

      Justice is also an equally imaginary human invention.

      July 14, 2013 at 7:53 am |
  8. Fred

    O.J. was found not guilty too.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:50 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      shhhh.... you're not supposed to bring that up!

      July 14, 2013 at 12:41 pm |
    • Saraswati

      And he landed in jail anyway. If Zimmerman is irredeamably stupid or evil the same will happen to him. If he was, in fact, innocent or at least learns from his mistakes, maybe he'll remain free and only have his conscience to punish him.

      July 14, 2013 at 12:56 pm |
  9. JoMama

    Dear RS,

    How sad you think the Jurors are "wrong". Is that just because they don't believe the way you do? Zimmerman was judged by a jury of his peers and found innocent. Isn't that the way the system is supposed to work? So, since they jurors don't agree with your narrow and bigoted point of view, they are "wrong". I'm from an upper class family and very well educated, so I'm thinking you're the one from the trailer park. All emotion and no reason.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:49 am |
    • Larry

      Found innocent? Do you live in America? He was found not guilty, basically due to lack of evidence. Lots of guilty people get away with it. Why do you think John Gotti was called the Teflon Don? It wasn't because he was innocent.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:52 am |
    • Saraswati

      @Larry, I'm starting to think you should be allowed to graduate high school without passing a class on the legal system. Some of these people are scary.

      July 14, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  10. Hmmmmmmmmmm

    Mind your own business and everyone lives. Follow and confront a guy you've racially profiled while packing heat, and an innocent guy dies.

    Yeah, sounds innocent to me.

    July 14, 2013 at 3:48 am |
    • Flamespeak

      If you would be so kind as to point out where, in any of the evidence presented at all, Zimmerman racial profiled Trayvon Martin. Not hear-say, not conjecture, but where did he racial profile in the evidence. The only time race was even mentioned was when he was explicity asked what the race of the Martin was by the dispatch officer.

      Or do you think that black people are automatically racially profiled no matter simply because of their skin color?

      July 14, 2013 at 4:14 am |
    • Saraswati

      No one said he was innocent, just not guilty. If you don't understand the difference you are probably going to misunderstand the verdict.

      July 14, 2013 at 6:34 am |
  11. faith

    no one can escape his terrible judgement. no one. unless you receive his provision

    July 14, 2013 at 3:38 am |
    • Thor

      You will find my judgment terrible, you infidel twirp.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:44 am |
    • sam stone

      there is no judgement, faithy, just blowhards bloviating empty proxy threats

      July 14, 2013 at 7:18 am |
  12. Lisa

    That fat ass pig will get his in the end..

    July 14, 2013 at 3:33 am |
    • RS

      Best comment on the blog!

      July 14, 2013 at 3:35 am |
    • sam stone

      he'll be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life

      July 14, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      "fat azz pig" and "niqqer" sound about the same in my ears.

      July 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm |
  13. JoMama

    I am sick and tired of listening to all the BS from people whose opinion is on the wrong side of the verdict. This case should *never* have been brought to trial. If it wasn't for all the racists pushing the Florida justice system to prosecute George Zimmerman it wouldn't have been. And now that you have justifiably lost, all I'm hearing is the Wha-wha-wha of babies crying. You wanted this travesty of a trial, and you got it, and now you're whining about the results. I'm totally sick of hypocrites like you. They name roads after people like you:; " One Way", and "Dead End".

    July 14, 2013 at 3:16 am |
    • RS

      JoMama raised you wrong! She should have taught you how to read,think and write while you lived in the trailer park! zimmerman killed an unarmed teenage kid and DESERVES at least 10 years min. in prison (that's the law ignorant a..) Jurors are wrong. Go learn the law and then blog!

      July 14, 2013 at 3:40 am |
    • Flamespeak

      @RS

      Zimmerman killed an attacker that was bigger and stronger than him who was beating his brains out on a sidewalk while leaving him no avenue of escape.

      He didn't track down and murder some kid who was walking home in the night. He didn't do anything illegal in the slightest. Then again, you would see that if you weren't blinded by racism.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:54 am |
  14. jod

    So this was just a downright anti Zimmerman article? Way to keep it balanced CNN

    July 14, 2013 at 2:59 am |
    • RS

      Hey, anyone can comment!!! CNN can't force people to do anything. SMART people know zimmerman is a guilty murderer and they're viewing their opinions. DUH...

      July 14, 2013 at 3:03 am |
  15. Couchman

    If god is in control, he placed Zimmerman and Martin together that fateful night. In addition, he whispered into George's ear to follow and, eventually, shoot Trayvon.

    Zimmerman was just carrying out god's will. George was an innocent vessel; an unwilling pawn that was used to manifest god's will – the kid was going to die that night as he enjoyed his last meal of Skittles and bottled iced-tea.

    God IS in control, people, so I don't understand the consternation.

    BTW...Betty Wright is JUDGING Zimmerman? She cast him to hell? That's where she's headed, that's for sure. We all hope you enjoy warm climes, Betty!!!

    July 14, 2013 at 2:57 am |
    • RS

      Hey Couchman, SMART people know zimmerman is a guilty murderer. If your son was killed in cold blood, you wouldn't say anything negative. You're sick and twisted. Now go to sleep...

      July 14, 2013 at 3:05 am |
    • sam stone

      "That's where she's headed, that's for sure"

      there is no hell, couchman, no matter how much you want there to be

      July 14, 2013 at 7:25 am |
  16. RS

    A very sad day indeed. zimmerman receives tons of money through Facebook, gets away with murder and the Martin family is left to deal with the loss of their son, his murderer going free and NO justice served. I pray for Trayvon Martin's family. It must be a sickening feeling to know that your son was murdered for nothing. However, zimmerman WILL pay for his crime. There WILL be justice one day. Trayvon Martin will not have died in vain. Many blessings to the Martin family. God bless...

    July 14, 2013 at 2:52 am |
    • tsd777

      Martin's death will only be in vain, if we don't stop seeing each other only through Race and Emotion.
      Red and Yellow, Black and White, we are all precious in God's site. God looks at the heart, why won't we?
      I pray for the Martin family, and our nation. Love and Forgiveness.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:26 am |
    • Felix the Catapult

      God's site? Let me guess, http://www.gullibledingbats.com? Do you have to type in tongues to use it?

      July 14, 2013 at 3:54 am |
    • Flamespeak

      Martin's family isn't exactly struggling after winning a boatload of cash from their civil court case against the city of Sanford.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:56 am |
    • tallulah13

      Money doesn't bring your child back, but I do hope that the Martin family sues every last penny out of Zimmerman. That may be the only justice they get.

      July 14, 2013 at 12:34 pm |
    • Saraswati

      He won't have died in vain if others learn from Zimmerman's mistake and avoid confrontation when a) they aren't sure what's happening and b) the police are on their way. If other people live as a result, his life will have done some good.

      July 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm |
  17. Tevii

    Stupid comments such as their posts, assume Zimmerman is guilty and god will punish him. Well what if he isn't guilty. What if he was completely in the right? We will never know so hopefully people's "faith" in a higher power will keep people from rioting.... Too bad that is the only use for religion and its fictional god

    July 14, 2013 at 2:41 am |
    • RS

      zimmerman IS guilty! He killed an unarmed teenager. If that teen was white, he wouldn't have been profiled in the first place. Please live in reality. Smart people know this. The jurors are idiots. zimmerman (he doesn't deserve his name capitalized) should be in prison for life. zimmerman WILL come to justice one day. Many blessings to the Martin family. BTW, if this was your kid dead you wouldn't have written your stupid comment to begin with!

      July 14, 2013 at 2:56 am |
    • Fritz Hohenheim

      Maybe we can have that in the penal code? First degree offense, have capitalization stripped from your name? Maybe second offense, have your whole last name taken from you....

      July 14, 2013 at 3:41 am |
    • Flamespeak

      @RS

      If Martin was white, I doubt you would care about this trial at all.

      Your arguments reek of Racism.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:57 am |
    • tallulah13

      Flamespeak: You actually have no idea what others would think in hypothetical situations. I get that you enjoy judging others, but you are judging from a position of ignorance.

      July 14, 2013 at 12:36 pm |
  18. Al_Satan

    Sore losers.

    July 14, 2013 at 2:34 am |
    • RS

      Hey SATAN,I pray for your unholy soul. If this were your kid, you wouldn't be so sick, cruel and twisted to leave such an ignorant comment. zimmerman will get justice one day soon. That should put a BIG smile on your grotesque face.

      July 14, 2013 at 3:01 am |
  19. Marti

    All these comments saying that God is the only judge, coming from all these people judging the man. Hypocrites.

    July 14, 2013 at 2:31 am |
    • Fritz Hohenheim

      And the funniest thing is, that god never helps or shows up. But they still believe in "in the end he's getting it in hell" lol. Ridicilous

      July 14, 2013 at 3:42 am |
    • RS

      Hey Marti, God aside. zimmerman killed an unarmed teen. He deserves to be in prison. He'll lose everything in the civil case!

      July 14, 2013 at 3:47 am |
  20. Miss Chocolate Mom

    I will admit I slept right through this, but I know we're coming up on "The End" somewhere.

    July 14, 2013 at 2:16 am |
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