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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. His panic

    See the problem with anxiety, fear, hysteria, fanaticism and Panic is that it blurs the mind and cloud the understanding.

    The Truth is that it is not only GZ who will face the Higher Judge but so will everyone else including TM, you and me.

    The difference is that those who chose to trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son will be Saved from Judgement day.

    July 17, 2013 at 3:08 pm |
  2. His panic

    These mobs are hypocrites who deliberately choose to ignore that an injustice was also done in the OJ Simpson case. How easy that is! Those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic. All others will indeed Panic in due time. GZ did Panic, TM may have panic or was angry. But those who really, really trust in God and in Jesus Christ WILL NOT Panic, neither involve themselves in these type of charades and mockeries and herd behavior.

    🙂 😉 My comments are awaiting moderation. That is because those who really trust in God and Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic. Neither will be intimidated by those who Panic. All others will!

    July 17, 2013 at 1:13 pm |
    • Akira

      If I were you, I would check the religiosity of those rioters who are speaking of. They are overwhelmingly Christian, raised in Christian homes.

      And you are using 'panic' in an entirely inappropriate way, although that would lessen the impact of your decidedly unclever moniker if you were to stop using it, wouldn't it?

      July 17, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
      • Salero21

        Oh here we go again. Could it be that Sharkira fell off the sharknado.:-D Really, can atheists be anymore foolish than that? Yes of course.

        July 18, 2013 at 12:55 am |
      • His panic

        But thanks to God I'm NOT you!

        Who gave you the prerogative to tell anyone how and what to write here anyway? Do you own the blog or something? Are you the new grammar guru of the Belief blog?

        You are just another poor miserable soul who is aghast drowning in fear because of your own lack of trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son. Those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic, neither go berserk or fall into a hysterical demeanor. Your foolish pretension to know it all, is a demonstration of the above.

        July 18, 2013 at 1:59 am |
      • Salero21

        😀 😀 No Panic, he/she/it whatever, is just another member of the GRAMMAR GESTAPO OF THE INTERNET. The legal enforcement Branch of Atheism. 😉

        July 18, 2013 at 2:02 am |
  3. Reality

    Input from a black mother – her letter-to-editor in a morning local newspaper:

    "Our sons are in far more danger from their black brothers than they are from a white Latino vigilante. The vast majority of all blacks murdered are killed by black assailants. Chicago had several shootings of black residents on the Fourth of July by black attackers. Tell me, are the press and Al Sharpton there yet?

    In Philadelphia, every year, hundreds of young black men murder hundreds of young black men. It is important to be afraid of young black men in Philadelphia. Before spending so much energy on the afraid-of-black-people syndrome, we must solve the blacks-killing-blacks problem. Surely, that will produce the greatest gain and save the most lives."

    To add credence to these conclusions, four young black men were shot overnight in Philadelphia by four other black men.

    July 17, 2013 at 12:13 pm |
    • Alex

      Haven't you heard? It's ALL racism. Stop trying to bring logic into it.

      July 17, 2013 at 2:06 pm |
    • His panic

      That is very very real! And the same goes for whites, browns, Asians, Hispanics, Latinos or whatever have you.
      Numbers do not lie. People do lie, they also lie in wait to wrong their fellow brothers. That is why I say these mobs are hypocrites. Those who trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son will not Panic, neither involve themselves in these disorderly behavior and riots. All others will.

      July 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm |
  4. Jim P.

    Would that be the all powerful guy who didn't bother to stop the bullet or otherwise prevent the killing event hough he could do so with less effort than you use to brush a speck of lint off your lapel? if so, one must assume he OK'ed it\ as nothing happens but that god wills it.

    July 17, 2013 at 12:11 am |
  5. Anon

    What higher judge? Oh you meant the imaginary one from the three Abrahamic desert blood cults?

    July 16, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • TheBiAtheist

      "Abrahamic desert blood cults"

      I'm going to have to remember that one. 😉

      July 17, 2013 at 7:28 am |
  6. WOT

    Barrabus wins again! not!

    July 16, 2013 at 4:08 pm |
  7. kracka

    Stop the social re-engineering by the liberal fascist racist lawyers from Chicago.

    July 16, 2013 at 1:56 pm |
    • Antigone

      Trolling? You should work a bit harder. You're laughingly transparent.

      July 16, 2013 at 2:15 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      For those that feel GZ should have never been charged: It was Rick Scott that appointed Corey. Scott is a far right, hardnosed conservative member of the GOP. Corey is also a member of the GOP. I admit that Corey was incompetent but this raises the question of why Scott appointed her. Scott doesn’t care what liberals or black activist or even Obama has to say.

      Either way GZ supporters cannot blame liberals. Scott and Corey are the ones behind GZ being charged.

      July 16, 2013 at 2:31 pm |
    • CommonSensed

      Or you could take off your tinfoil hat.

      July 16, 2013 at 6:04 pm |
      • palintwit

        LOL

        July 17, 2013 at 11:22 am |
  8. kracka

    Glad to know race wasn't the issue in this case.

    Juror interview on CNN last night was compelling.

    Sorry, DOJ.

    That race card ain't gonna wok here, Ja-know.

    July 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Holder and the DOJ would be fools to charge Zimmerman. Even the liberal L.A. Times had an editoral that said Zimmerman shouldn't be charged. The Martin may file a civil case but if they lose they have to pay Zimmerman's court cost. That could be expensive and the odds are the Martin family would lose.

      July 16, 2013 at 2:34 pm |
  9. kracka

    Kracka, a want-a-be cop.

    Ebonics on steroids.

    July 16, 2013 at 12:58 pm |
    • BIG SHIZ

      You're the saltine type

      July 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm |
    • Elise

      Do you have any clue as to what you're babbling about?

      July 16, 2013 at 6:18 pm |
  10. BIG SHIZ

    you bit chs cant hold my down-oh no i got to keep on moving

    July 16, 2013 at 11:35 am |
  11. Reality

    Input from a black mother – her letter-to-editor in a morning local newspaper:

    "Our sons are in far more danger from their black brothers than they are from a white Latino vigilante. The vast majority of all blacks murdered are killed by black assailants. Chicago had several shootings of black residents on the Fourth of July by black attackers. Tell me, are the press and Al Sharpton there yet?

    In Philadelphia, every year, hundreds of young black men murder hundreds of young black men. It is important to be afraid of young black men in Philadelphia. Before spending so much energy on the afraid-of-black-people syndrome, we must solve the blacks-killing-blacks problem. Surely, that will produce the greatest gain and save the most lives."

    July 16, 2013 at 10:30 am |
    • BIG SHIZ

      That's not the point fuk face.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:54 am |
      • CNN Belief Blog Co-EditorCNN

        You've been warned @Big Shiz, about your language. You're done commenting here. Take your profanity somewhere else.

        –Daniel Burke

        July 16, 2013 at 11:02 am |
        • Stephen Jones

          Thank you Daniel Burke.

          July 16, 2013 at 11:19 am |
        • Huh?

          So then why Daniel is that comment still there?

          July 16, 2013 at 1:04 pm |
    • dionysus

      This is funny. Check it out. I have watched many black TV reporters, and blacks all over these lists, get mad and say if they were followed, they would grab a rock (cement, anyone?) and kill instantly without questions, right away... Then they look at you with their doe eyes, and ask, "What makes you think it was Trayvon that attacked?" Heh heh heh.... They just proved the defense's case... and don't even know it!!! HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH HAH!!!! LMFAO!!!!!!

      July 16, 2013 at 12:52 pm |
      • dionysus

        Martin was caught, and recorded, attempting to murder a seemingly helpless crybaby for over a minute (if you add time for shrieks of agony that led to the 911 calls). Not a scratch on him. That means he was a bully and coward, and died an attempted murderer. All for being observed and monitored in a war zone? Gangs of blacks broke in seven times before that and terrorized people in their homes. EVERY stranger in that gated community needed watching. The neighborhood was an open wound and bleeding! People have the right to stand their ground to protect their homes and lives by following strangers. It was justified.

        July 16, 2013 at 1:02 pm |
      • dionysus

        Martin was caught, and recorded, attempting to murder a seemingly helpless crybaby for over a minute (if you add time for shrieks of agony that led to the 911 calls). Not a scratch on him. That means he was a bully and coward, and died an attempted murderer. All for being observed and monitored in a war zone? Gangs of blacks broke in seven times before that and terrorized people in their homes. EVERY stranger in that gated community needed watching.

        July 16, 2013 at 1:05 pm |
  12. 50 shades of brown

    There is no black or white, there is only a shade of brown. Get over "this" color distinction and embrace all! If people can't get over the color complex paint yourselves GREEN.

    July 16, 2013 at 9:53 am |
    • BIG SHIZ

      Until everyone is treated equal there is only conflict. Human being's need to compartmentalize people so they can feel like there better than others. The same people who hate blacks hate Muslims ans Latinos too. There afraid because they think we pose a threat to thier way of life. They know the future family will most likely be brown and black one day. But I don't even understand why they care. You color dosent determine who you care, you're choice's does. And if a armed man follows a child with a gun, gets into a fight with him and ends up shooting him, he should go to jail regardless of race.

      July 16, 2013 at 10:20 am |
      • Alex

        From a philosoplical point of view, I completely agree that we should judge by actions not race. I also would argue that in this case it appears that Martin's case received equal treatment under the law regardless of race. I have neither read nor heard of any evidence that shows otherwise.

        A couple of other thoughts: Zimmerman was legally carrying the handgun, 17 years of age is technically a minor not a child, and it does seem like there should be some legal consequence to Zimmerman even though he was evidently acting in self defense.

        July 17, 2013 at 5:14 pm |
        • Alex

          *philosophical

          yikes, bad spelling on my part sorry

          July 17, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
  13. saggyroy

    All he has to do is repent on his death bed 2 seconds before he draws his last breath and he will get into heaven. He is free to kill all the people he wants and still go to heaven. Hitler was a Catholic and baptized for the forgiveness of sins, so he is in heaven.

    July 16, 2013 at 6:09 am |
  14. heroicslugtest

    Higher judge? Like.. Bob Marley? He was pretty high.

    July 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  15. jamesmmartin

    Wouldn't it be pretty to think so. There *is* no "higher judge."

    July 15, 2013 at 9:21 pm |
  16. Travis F

    HEY ALL, YOU THINK ZIMMERMAN IS GUILTY? I WILL SHOW YOU ALL HE IS GUILTY... LOOK AT THE VIDEO AGAIN WHEN HE TALKS TO THE INVESTIGATOR. ZIMMERMAN TELLS THE "REAL" STORY WITH HIS HANDS... HE REALIZES IT... HE THEN CHANGES DIRECTION IN HIS STORY. THE SMALL DETAILS IS WHERE THIS CASE HAS BEEN LOST. THE SMALL THINGS CONFOUNDS THE WISE! WASN'T DESCRIBING A GUN BUT THE MOTION IS IN HIS HANDS AND NO ONE CAUGHT IT!

    July 15, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      I guess you missed the news. Zimmerman was found NOT guilty by the jury.

      As for what really happened that night? I have no idea.

      July 15, 2013 at 6:20 pm |
      • BIG SHIZ

        You can't play jazz and like Zimmerman at the same time. Unless you're kenny g.

        July 16, 2013 at 9:52 am |
        • jazzguitarman

          You're really a fool. I don't like Zimmerman. Like I said I have no opinion on if he was guilty or not, but a jury did find him not guilty.

          Oh, and whites do play jazz. (but I'm not white either). I'm a half breed. The only group of people able to discuss racial issues maturely.

          July 16, 2013 at 4:48 pm |
  17. WASP

    hmmmm ok so the media feels this one kid's life is so much more deserving of being in the public eye, than say;
    an elderly woman shot in the head by a stray bullet from a drive by?
    or how about the little girl that was shot on a NYC bus?

    so what makes this story soooooo much more important than those lives lost everyday to inner city violence?
    could it be that trayvon was someone important to this country; perhaps a senators son? nope
    perhaps he was a known prodigy of mathmatics or composing? nope
    how about a diplomat viewing our "great nation" for the first time? nope

    then why is this one kids life soo much more important than all the rest?
    RATINGS!
    they can sell papers and up ratings if they say "white man ki11s black kid" then everybody is yelling "i'm trayvon"
    obviously you're not because you didn't turn and confront someone following you allowing them to get close enough to have a physical altercation, then put a bullet in you; while your daddy was visiting his girlfriend.
    a smart person with a level head knows that if trayvon had wanted to escape and avoid a fight he could have run rings around zimmerman, but nope, he had to confront him.

    this is what happens when TWO IDIOTS meet on a dark and rainy night.

    July 15, 2013 at 4:59 pm |
    • TC

      But only one of those "idiots" carried a gun. Only one stalked and followed the other, needlessly. Only one is alive today.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
      • BIG SHIZ

        Common sence

        July 15, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
        • Dippy

          Sense, not sence.

          July 15, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
        • BIG SHIZ

          It was a spell check on my phone. Stop trying to be the spelling police.

          July 16, 2013 at 9:54 am |
      • WASP

        @TC: and one decided to confront an unknown person following them, instead of getting to his father or calling the police that he was being followed.

        common sense; if you don't know who is following you; you don't confront the person one on one because that person may be armed.

        July 15, 2013 at 5:51 pm |
        • jazzguitarman

          Wasp; No one knows who confronted who first. But even if GZ was the one that contronted TM asking him a bunch of questions, where TM lacked common sense was allowing himself to get into a fight with GZ. Even if GZ hit TM first, common sense still says don't get into a fight with someone that might have a gun and is acting like a wantabee cop.

          July 15, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • In Santa we trust

      WASP, How would you react to someone following you for no apparent reason?

      July 15, 2013 at 5:54 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        I would call 911 and try to get to my home as quickly as possible.

        July 15, 2013 at 6:01 pm |
      • WASP

        i agree with jazzguitarman
        that should be common sense.

        being followed get off phone with "girlfriend" call cops while walking toward a place i know i can get help.

        July 15, 2013 at 6:16 pm |
    • jazzguitarman

      Wasp; The main reason this because a major media story was because the initial police handling of the case was poor. Once the GOP Governor of FL, RIck Scott (hard right con, NRA member) decided to appoint a non local SA (Corey) to the case this case because a major deal. The media did overplay the racial part of this case.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:59 pm |
    • crackwalker

      Most teenagers are idiots, but they should be able to walk to the seven eleven without getting shot. It's not about the media, it's about the law. The court isn't deciding who was a bigger idiot.

      The law in this case, is protecting the one who shot a kid. The court is saying that this was the right thing to do.

      How can you be okay with that?

      July 15, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
      • jazzguitarman

        The state has the burden of proof. This was a self defense case. The state couldn't prove beyond a reasonable doubt that GZ didn't act in self defense. The jury verdict was the only logical one given the lack of evidence.

        I can understand those that feel it should be harder to make a self defense claim. They should try to get the law changed in Florida (but good luck with that).

        July 15, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
    • lol??

      lol??
      Your comment is awaiting moderation.
      The pharisee pols win no matter what. A few years back I read that a murder charge costs a minimum of $! mil to defend. That would put the average guy in slavery the rest of his life.

      July 22, 2013 at 11:46 pm |
  18. Honey Badger Don't Care

    Since when does the twiterverse (filled with twits) determine reality?

    He was not guilty, lets move on.

    July 15, 2013 at 4:02 pm |
    • WASP

      @honey: since people are looking for a witch to burn.

      July 15, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
  19. Reality

    Higher judges than six women who listened, reviewed and came up with a verdict? Bless the Founding Fathers who established this system of justice!!!!!!

    July 15, 2013 at 3:57 pm |
  20. His panic

    I was reminded that those who do not trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son will indeed Panic and be swept away in a states of Mass Hysteria. However those who really, really trust in God and in Jesus Christ God's Only Son WILL NOT Panic. All others will Panic and fall victims of Mass Hysteria.

    July 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm |
    • bostontola

      Best example of mass hysteria I know of is Christianity, 2.2B, next is Islam. Imagine in a few hundred years, children will study history of the 21st century in disbelief that so many people were victim of mass delusion.

      July 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm |
      • lionlylamb2013

        Hello bostontola,

        The brittleness bites of atheistic dementia seems to rely upon sophistications of unleavened psychoanalytical breadths within unqualified criticalities séances of sequestered conjuring submissions...Eat if one must but try not to hemorrhage others thoughtlessness ideals...For, they know not whose plates to eat off of and which stoves to fry...

        July 15, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Just the Facts Ma'am...

      The only one's I see panicking are the Christians who have promised Christs return for 2000 years and are starting to get frustrated at the delay. Maybe his plane went down over the North Pole, possible collision with a flying sled...

      July 15, 2013 at 3:40 pm |
      • bostontola

        Careful, he knows if you've been bad or good. Wait, is that Santa or...

        July 15, 2013 at 3:44 pm |
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