Sandusky’s pastor addresses conviction from pulpit
Jerry Sandusky leaves court on Friday morning. His church wrestled on Sunday with how to respond.
June 25th, 2012
11:58 AM ET

Sandusky’s pastor addresses conviction from pulpit

By Dana Garrett, CNN

State College, Pennsylvania (CNN)– Jerry Sandusky sits in a county jail cell in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, but his presence and the weight of the 45 guilty verdicts rendered against the former Penn State football coach on Friday night hung in the air Sunday morning at the State College church where he and his wife are longtime members.

Ed Zeiders, the senior pastor at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, did not shy away from addressing the conviction of his congregant and friend on child sex abuse charges, asking his congregation to “pray for all of those who are victims and for all of those who are predators.”

Zeiders began his sermon with a question.

“In light of the misery, sorrow and suffering we see, affecting every aspect of our life, within us, in the midst of us, and around us – what are we to do,” he asked. “The world needs an answer, our community deserves an answer, and we need to answer together what is the most efficacious way to move forward from here.”

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Saying that the eyes of the nation are fixed on the State College community and, to some degree, on the community of St Paul’s, Zeiders said that “in the midst of the raging storms around us” the church had an opportunity.

“If ever a local congregation has been given a moment to…..reveal what it means to be Christian,” Zeiders said, “this is that congregation in this moment in history.”

Zeiders spoke to what he said was the transformative power and saving grace of God, making a connection between faith and ethical behavior. “If we are to claim Jesus as savior,” he said, “we must, without fail, come face-to-face with our own morality.”

St. Paul's United Methodist Church in State College, Pennsylvania where Jerry Sandusky was a member.

That morality, Zeiders said, should not succumb to the idea that “my faith and my morality are solely my business.”

“We have seen the evidence of what that means, again and again, and we are feeling the pain of such a thing today,” he said.

Zeiders’ message of morality extended to institutions, including, by inference, Penn State. “This is a turning point when evidence is everywhere that our leaders have failed,” he said.

Speaking after the service, Zeiders said he has maintained his pastoral relationship with the Sanduskys throughout the trial, and that he was in the courtroom last Monday when the defense began its case. He hasn’t talked to Jerry Sandusky since the former assistant coach’s Friday incarceration, but he is making arrangements to do so. He continues to see Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, who he says is “holding up.”

Most congregants at St. Paul’s did not want to talk about the verdict.

“You have no idea how difficult this has been for our congregation,” said one female church member who did not want to be identified. “We are like a family, and the allegations were stunning. I didn’t want to believe them, but there was too much evidence not to.”

Another congregant, who said she chose not to read any news coverage of the trial, struggled with her own internal conflict, saying she trusted that the jury had made the right decision while holding out hope that Sandusky did not really abuse the boys who testified against him.

The late morning service on Sunday included a baptism. Afterward, Zeiders called on his flock to take an oath to “guard and protect” children, reminding them they were the stewards of their safety.

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The Gospel lesson on Sunday recounted the story of Jesus sleeping on a boat while a storm rages all around. His disciples awaken him, and Jesus rebukes the wind and the waves: “Peace! Be still!”

Zeiders drew from those words to help his congregants through what had been a difficult week.

“Sure, the darkness is deep and the waves are powerful, but this is the time to engage the world, not run from it,” he said from the pulpit. “This is the day of our saving. God always speaks the loudest when the waves are the highest. Peace! Be still!”

CNN's Kiran Khalid contributed to this report.

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soundoff (481 Responses)
  1. ELH

    If there was a "God," then there would not be a Jerry Sandusky.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • Edward

      You leave no space for a wicked God? I think that is entirely possible from the lessons of my life and a general observation of the planet.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Petrograd

      Your "wicked god" is just your imagination reinterpreting the real world to fit a fantasy.

      If you are Christian, your "good god" is not only far stronger and coould easily stop all this; he infact made the "wicked god" for the express purpose of letting it do this kind of thing.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm |
    • Really Jersey

      If there was a God who allowed people free will, there would be ....Oh wait, there is....

      June 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
  2. LafsOnU

    I commend what this pastor is trying to accomplish... an emotional & spiritual healing for his congregation.

    However, what he fails to acknowledge is that true forgiveness only comes when a person confesses their sins & seeks to grow beyond their failures. In this case, Mr. Sandusky has admitted no guilt, accused others of lying & does not seek forgiveness.

    We can heal through accepting what is & forgiving our own failure to see/act, but we cannot forgive someone who doesn't admit that they have done anything that requires absolution.

    I pray for the victims to find peace & justice. I alos pray that Mr. Sandusky will admit his crimes & beg forgiveness from all of those he has hurt, misled & disappointed.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Since your prayers are imaginary, the rest of us will be busy doing actual realistic things in the real-world.
      Prayers won't do a thing outside of your head.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • LafsOnU

      Thank you, Jimmy G, for your concern about my time management skills.

      I understand that you may not believe in prayer or meditation, however I'm sure that you can prove to me that energy cannot be directed & that it is destroyed. I'm sure you have done scientific research to demonstrate that the energy produced in the brain through focused thought evaporates into the ether and is destroyed & rendered null. That is really the only way that you can *prove* that prayer is imaginary & useless.

      OMG, have you secretly been working on overturning the Laws of Thermodynamics & Conservation of Energy!?! I look forward to seeing your white paper, Jimmy G. :o)

      June 25, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      Pseudoscience makes for a bad argument. There is no inherent energy or mass to a thought. Thoughts and consciousness are merely an emergent process of a working brain. Once you can measure the amount of energy within the thought itself and not the energy in the brain from which the property emerges, then you can talk.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Patiat

      You missed the point. It was about how his congregation handled what a member had done, and how one can confront his or her own morality in the face of such a thing. It wasn't about forgiving Sandusky.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      You are starting to sound pretty desperate there, so I guess the "LafsOnU", eh?

      Imaginary things have a certain lack of effect on the real world we can measure and test.
      If prayers worked instead of being imaginary, we'd see different events happening in physics.

      No matter how hard you try, you'll never be able to prove that something imaginary is real.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Former Marine

      Right on Hawaii!

      The only proven energy that a thought/prayer/meditation produces is the electrical impulses required for the neurons to function. And that energy doesn't leave the brain. It's transformed into tiny amounts of heat, among other things, but it never leaves the body. It certainly doesn't get shot across the universe.

      So Lafs, unless you're aware of some study proving that prayer creates a mystical energy that can be directed by thought to accomplish a specific goal, you probably shouldn't try and be snarky. All you've done is show that you lack a thorough understanding of the scientific concepts that you invoked to try and make someone else look like they didn't understand them.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Answer

      This is a classic example of an emotional argument. Make up some fancy term to explain your inherent empty illusion in praise for your religious prayers and glorify your own words.

      It does nothing but just keeps on spreading the disease of religion. Emotional arguments such as these little trinkets of 'wisdom' have no value in providing any sort of evidence. It may make you feel just a inch much better in knowing you can describe your emotions for other to feel upon but they are just that much emptier when you have no proof.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Really Jersey

      Even though Sandusky will remain mired in his lack of spiritual growth until he admits his sins & asks for forgiveness his victims can & should overcome that obstacle. They need to go through all the stages of healing by eventually giving up the anger to find forgiveness in themselves. Even if their abuser is never is ready for it, they need to let that anger go. Hatred is like acid, it harms the vessel it is contained in as much, if not more, than the object it is poured out upon. By completing their own spiritual journey the victims can become whole again even if the abuser never does.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  3. Just askin'

    “pray for all of those who are victims and for all of those who are predators.”
    How about instead of praying for the predators prayers for police investigators!?

    June 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • QS

      How about realizing that prayer does nothing?

      June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Just askin'

      Absolutely agree QS, but if they are going to waste time praying they should at least have better priorities!

      June 25, 2012 at 7:17 pm |
    • Petrograd

      Did you mean the victims' prayers instead of the predators prayers?

      June 25, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
  4. If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

    Obviously pastor Zeiders was derelict in his duties/responsibilities as pastor. Where's the accountability for pastors/priests/etc..? It's quite convenient to have no accountability for portraying oneself as moral authority & spiritual mentor. A church provides nothing that people can't get for themselves .. except well paying jobs for pastors.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • Really Jersey

      Accountable for abuse that happened nowhere near his church, by a person who only went to church a couple of days a year for appearances only? You need mental help.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:42 pm |
  5. solex

    Holy people are supposed to forgive sins – even atrocious ones. Even though I am an atheist, I DO believe that there are "true believers" out there that walk the walk so to speak – they truly believe their dogma and do "god's work" amongst the people – I may not agree with them, but I do respect them.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • QS

      As I've said many times, these so-called "good works" are never 100% benevolent or altruistic because there's always the ulterior motive for the believer of getting to heaven.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • Frank

      I understand you respecting those who are not hypocrites but there are no one (especially Christians) who follows their dogma completely. If they truly followed the OT they would be in prison and if they truly followed the NT then they would be in an insane asylum.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • If horses had Gods .. their Gods would be horses

      QS ... I must agree. There is nothing ultruistic in religion, it's all about the brownie points for God.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • j

      Thank you, solex.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  6. The Bird Is The Word

    What's that old song? Oh yeah – "Jesus Loves The Little Children". Yeah, right.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  7. Kevin


    The most common response you'll get from the faithful regarding this is that "everyone has to have free will."

    The problem with this, is that they ignore the fact that the actions of this monster limited the free will of his victims. Therefore, the only resonable conclusion is that God favours the free will of evil people over the free will of innocents.

    Good Sir.

    My Hat is off to you. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing! God and the Devil exists in their minds just so humans can have a excuse for there lack of responsibility of there actions.

    Gandhi said, I like your God but not your Christians.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  8. Mary

    Dont go on quick judging and enjoying the bloodshed and the tortures because by the same measure you measure others it will be measured onto you. This devil (or many devils) in this man's head is no joke and you should all be aware that the entire world is subjct to that type of devils in people's hearts and heads. That is why there is no peace worldwide. Humans want to follow devils (bloodshed) and it may not be in Iraq, here where you post your comments, but we are all judged by a Supreme Judge and that is ONE TRUE GOD, there is only ONE and the rest of humanity is to stay put and forgive, because we were alredy forgiven, by Christ who died for us sinnners. This Sandusky is a tipical example of someone following the devil's voice all the way, not minding how much torment he brought to others thru his selfish destructive actions. Dont come up with he is the only one that could have that type of mind, the Bible is clear on the nature of manking, corrupt and wicked which is why we die at the end of a journey ...a journey which is our chnce to go backto God. Not Allah. God Almighty the only ONE, the Alpha and Omega, Yawhve.
    SO STAY ALERT INYR HEADS AND HEARTS AND DO LISTEN WHAT THOUGHTS COME TO YOU...BECAUSE NOT ALL THOUGHTS COME FROM YOU...but devils...mostly...which is why...no peace on earth. No one remembers Christ's commandment" TO LOVE ONE ANOTHER and that would take care of peace.

    June 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • Spawned

      Just what we need, some more Bible barf!

      June 25, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      So I should listen to the thoughts that come to me? Ok, my thoughts are telling me that you are insane.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • QS

      Some would say that by claiming there is only "one true god" you are denying the existence of the version of "god" others believe in....essentially, you are judging them because they believe in a different "god". Oops.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
    • se123

      blah, blah, blah. I hope somone take is balls in prison

      June 25, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • jack ass

      go outside and find a place to go f$%& yourself. prayer is bullsh&%

      June 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
    • rachel


      June 25, 2012 at 8:30 pm |
    • sam stone

      blah, blah, jeebus, blah, blah, sinners, yadda yadda, blah, blah.

      mary: does talking this way make you feel pious?

      June 26, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      If you hear voices in your head, it might be time to check with your doctor about a prescription for a huggy jacket.
      Do you have a psychic message interceptor? Who are you to say whether the voices someone hears are demons or angels? Did God not command Abraham to kill his son? Did God not command all sort of people to commit any number of heinous, murderous, genocidal acts in the Old Testament?
      In 2008, He told Boyce Singleton Jr. to shoot and stab his pregnant girlfriend.
      Deanna Laney heard God direct her to bludgeon her three sons, aged 9, 6 and 15 months. Only the youngest survived.
      Blair Donnelly received instructions to stab to death his 16 year old daughter, Stephanie.
      Christopher Varian was slaughtered with a cheese knife after God spoke with one of his employees.
      God told Jennifer Cisowski to dash her infant's head on the rocks, so ""Just like Jesus raised Lazarus, I threw the baby on the stones by the pool."
      Khandi Busby got a direct message from God advising her that the only way to save her 6 and 8 year old boys was to toss them off a bridge in Dallas. Fortunately, they survived.
      Angel Rico says he received a divine command to strangle his 4 year old son, so he did just that and left him at the side of the highway.
      Lashaun Harris threw her 3 young kids into the San Francisco Bay after God let her know that He wanted a human sacrifice. Unlike with Abraham, God forgot to tell her He was just kidding.

      Again – unless you have magic powers that allow you to intercept and interpret God's psychic messages, you've no way of knowing whether it angels, demons or plain old insanity! My money is on insanity.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
  9. Lilith

    Again, church changes nothing. People will be people, pedophiles will be pedophiles, pastors will justify anything if it keeps them relevant.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
  10. Jimmy G.

    Sandusky is going to enjoy it too much in prison. He should be executed instead.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Nah, he should be take to a dark dungeon and castrated with a rusty tin lid while being butt ra.ped with an electrified rod. Execution is too easy.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      If I thought it would do any good I would agree, but why waste time on torture? Just give him a shove into non-existence.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • BR4488

      He should be executed, this would free up tax dollars!

      June 25, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • sam stone

      What now? Let me tell you what now. I'm gonna call a couple of hard, pipe-hitting brothas to go to work on the homes here with a pair of pliers and a blow torch.You hear me talking, hillbilly boy? I ain't through with you by a damn sight. I'm gonna get medieval on your ass.

      June 26, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  11. EBNYC5054

    I think Rev. Zeiders is spreading the right message. No where does he condone Sandusky's behavior. He asks the community to pray for victims and pray for predators. Victims obviously need comfort, love and guidance; predators need prayers so that they can acknowledge that what they have done is wrong so that they can address paying their debt. In Sandusky's case – doing his time. When an entire community takes on the responsibility of protecting the vulnerable (in this case, the children who were abused) then the entire community can start to heal, and work towards making sure that this horrendous situation doesn't happen again. It is EVERYONE'S responsibility to speak up and act when they observe or suspect that "something is wrong" – not matter how influential the accused may be. This is not just the Christian thing to do – it is the HUMAN thing to do. ALL of us are responsible.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Praying is not going to stop these monsters nor is praying going to fix the damage. It's never been a solution and it never will be...it is a placebo and only benefits the person praying, nothing more.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  12. Petrograd

    Sandusky's pastor and church are repeatedly reaching out to the perpetrator, but not at all to the victims.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      It's pretty standard operating procedure.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • Lilith

      Love the sinner, hate the sin and ignore the victims.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:53 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      More like:
      Love the sinner, if it's convenient
      Hate the sin, if it's profitable
      Ignore the victims, unless we need to look pious.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • Lilith

      HawaiiGuest, that's more accurate!

      June 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      Well I was born into a Catholic family and went to a Catholic school until my senior year. Granted my parents are very liberal Catholics, but they weren't the ones teaching me religion. I've seen all of these things in play many times.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • junior

      "Granted my parents are very liberal Catholics, but they weren't the ones teaching me religion"

      That explains so much. Maybe one day you will reconcile.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest


      No need to reconcile with an immoral religion or with something that does not exist.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  13. Pat Hogan

    My Son was abused at the University Of Minnesota when he was a team manager for the Basketball team.His mother knew and covered it up.I pulled him out and sent him to Saint Josepths in Philiphdelphia.He has never been the same.What
    happened in Penn State,is nothing short of Diabolical

    June 25, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • Oh my my

      You pulled your son out of one situation of sexual abuse, and you turned him over to the Catholics?

      June 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Thezel

      what's worse is that is was covered up for so long too.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
  14. James PDX Mostly Straight

    "Zeiders spoke to what he said was the transformative power and saving grace of God, making a connection between faith and ethical behavior."

    Baed on the number of hateful, intolerant Christians and the mass of pedophile priests, I'd say he made a rather loose connection, at best.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
  15. Jimmy G.

    Where is this pastor's understanding of reality? His delusion blinds him. His words are empty and useless.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:37 pm |
    • Just a thought...


      June 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • Frank

      This is the danger of cults/religions, they can reconcile the most evil of deeds.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
    • j

      oh enlighten us, oh wise hypocrite...

      June 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      In what areas do you feel you need "enlightenment"? Do you need training on how to sound intelligent? Yes.
      Is that my problem? No.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
  16. joey

    jews, christians, muslims, all the children of abraham, hating, raping, and killing each other, humans are brilliant !!!

    June 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • junior

      We need God because we are all broken.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  17. Just a thought...

    So many comments along the lines of forgiveness, free will, compassion, etc. It seems funny to me that bible itself doesn't paint god as the forgiving type. For any example of compassion shown by god in the bible, there must be 10 or so conflicting stories of him killing everyone who crossed him (even for petty things). In fact, if I remember correctly, that whole "free will" thing didn't work out too well the first time...and god had to find a solution to get man back on track (couldn't come up with anything better than killing almost everything on earth with a flood), and then turned around and apparently gave us free will again. wow. And for those of you who want to argue that jesus is the one who ushered in the "forgiving phases" of god's reign...I seem to remember a story about him throwing quite the hissy fit over the money changers in the temple. Seems like that would have been a good learning opportunity to show some compassion and forgiveness in the wake of "free will' gone wrong. But, what it all boils down to is not really free will at all, is it? I mean, really, telling someone that they have the free will to believe or not to believe, and then attaching a "torture for eternity clause" to the latter choice, isn't really free will after all, is it.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Jimmy G.


      June 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • QS

      I crack up when I hear the "free will" argument – they are essentially saying "god gave you the ability to choose for yourself....but there's only one choice"! LMAO!

      June 25, 2012 at 6:27 pm |
    • Frank

      The free will scam is a way for Christians to reconcile priests raping children, etc. Their cult can't be wrong so they must twist reality to fit their delusion. It's so pathetic....and dangerous. They can't be wrong so reality must change. Notice that perpetrators are the only ones with this so called free will. The innocent children have no free will at all to decide whether or not they want to be raped. People who believe this trash really disgust me.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • junior

      You need to reread that passage on Jesus cleansing the Temple. Hopefully you will get it one day.

      June 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Petrograd

      If God already knows everything that will happen, then you cannot possibly have free will. The arc of your existence was known long before you ever were born. You can have the illusion of free will, but not the reality of it.

      That means that you cannot truly have choice – you must act out the programming exactly. That also means that prayer cannot possibly change anything – the script is already written. That means you are not responsible for your actions – you must act out what God set in motion, no changes possible. That means God cannot punish you, because he chose it for you, not you.

      It gets stranger – it also means that God cannot change anything either. He is trapped in the same determinism we are. Which means he is actually powerless once the process is set in motion. So either God is not omniscient, or he is not omnipotent. He cannot be both.

      But it gets even weirder. If God already knows everything that will ever happen, then there is no point in doing it at all. Nothing to be learned or experienced or anything. He already knows. By putting it in motion, God is forced to watch a 14.6 billion year long (and counting) rerun, doing what he already knows he must do, without variation. Be putting it in motion, God subjects himself to the worst boredom and slavery (he must do everything he already knows he will do, without exception) imaginable.

      And it is utterly pointless for him to do so.

      Nice paradox, huh? That is just one of many logical exercises like "the problem of evil" that prove that God is impossible.

      June 25, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
    • W Murderface

      Nicely put

      June 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  18. Brasil1958

    derp....I say let those forever damaged by Sandusky cast the first stone followed by more and more until he is burried under them. In this I agree with Sharia law. The man would truly get his just deserts under that system.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
    • derp

      Then I guess you are not christian.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  19. db

    If you are christian and you can find comfort in this life, then believe. If you are agnostic or athiest, then don't believe and find your comfort where you find it in this life. We only get one so live it. On a separate note, I don't think I need God or a government or any of you to believe that a baby shouldn't be ripped apart by a chunk of metal. I don't need a government or a religion to tell me Sandusky is horrible person and the people that allowed this to continue are cowards and sometimes there might be room for a good old fashion public beating. They talk about healing. Let them heal. Let them find comfort where they can. I sit here and read such mindless spew that most of you throw out here and wonder if any of those young men read this blog and your comments and I don't need God or Government to feel ashamed.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
    • QS

      You may not need a "god" to tell you that about abortion, but we do in fact need a government to prevent people like you from making laws that affect other people's choices and decisions that are not yours to make.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:30 pm |
  20. Jimmy G.

    Sandusky's pastor is pathetic.

    June 25, 2012 at 6:03 pm |
    • James

      You're pathetic... At least this man knows forgiveness and compassion. You who cannot forgive will not be forgiven

      June 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • Rob

      @ James

      The way I look at it you're pretty much full of it. You who judge...

      June 25, 2012 at 6:12 pm |
    • derp

      His faith requires that he forgive Sandusky. I actually have a ton more respect for him than all of the hypocrite christian here on this blog who have been spouting "love the sinner" for years and now and are unwilling to love Jerry Sandusky. He is a sinner, just like every other sinner.

      Jesus would have forgiven him, and accepted him.

      Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • Jimmy G.

      Since I have never sinned in all my life, consider this just one of many stones I will be blasting towards all religious frauds.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:26 pm |
    • Pat in IL

      Spoken like a 14 year old.....a brash statement with no back up information. Go back to sleep.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • derp

      "Since I have never sinned in all my life, consider this just one of many stones I will be blasting towards all religious frauds"

      Nicely done sir.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
    • Frank

      His pastor probably has more in common with Sandusky than not.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm |
    • ron

      Not too many situations that a pastor can't make worse.

      June 25, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Really Jersey

      Who are you to judge him, Jimmy. He is trying to help everyone deal with this compassionately. He offers aid & consolation to the innocent. To remain faithful he must also offer redemption to the sinner. I can respect his stance.

      June 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm |
    • Really Jersey

      I would like to have a word with your parents Jimmy, about teaching you how to be truthful. As a parent of 6 children myself, I know you just perjured yourself by saying "I have never sinned in all my life". Well, at least you have perfected your hypocrisy

      June 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • Real Deal

      Really Jersey,
      "you just perjured yourself by saying "I have never sinned in all my life"."

      "Sin" is a deistic, religious concept. I'll bet if you asked Jimmy G. if he has ever made a mistake or acted contrary to the best interests of himself or others, you might get a different answer.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • LinCA

      @Really Jersey

      You said, "As a parent of 6 children myself, I know you just perjured yourself by saying "I have never sinned in all my life"."
      Here are a few concepts for you to ponder:
      – Atheists don't sin. They are incapable of sin. To be able to sin, you first have to be subject to rules and regulations for which an infraction is considered "sin". That only applies to religious rules. Religious rules don't apply to those that don't follow that particular religion. Atheists are therefor incapable of sin.
      – Perjury is the willful giving of false testimony under oath or affirmation. Nobody is under oath here, so even if Jimmy G. was once a believer and subject to the rules and regulation of a religion that considers breaking those rules and regulations a "sin", the worst he's been is less than truthful.

      June 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm |
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