Take a gander at this:
From AP and the Huffington Post
Evidence will show the man on trial in the beating of an aging Jesuit priest was abused by the priest, but that still did not give him the right to take the law into in his own hands, prosecutors in Northern California said Wednesday in their opening statement in the trial of William Lynch.
Lynch, 44, is accused of beating the Rev. Jerold Lindner in 2010 in front of startled witnesses at a retirement home for priests.
Lynch has said Lindner abused him and his brother during a camping trip in Northern California.
I vote no as nobody should take the law into their own hands but I wonder how many comments along the lines of:
“He should be able to do things much worse to him.”
“Now he knows what it feels like to be abused.”
“This priest is a lower form of life, he deserves this and more. They should let the guy castrate him!”
Now before you rush to judgement on me for “making up outlandish quotes,” these were all told or written to me by people I know when we’ve discussed the abuse scandal. We easily forget that we are a religion of forgiveness when we are deeply wounded and offended. It’s why capital punishment is often looked upon as justified because many hold the view that criminals should be punished severely for their crimes.
As if that could change what they’ve already done.
I agree with the prosecuting attorney:
“The defendant beat this man up because he was angry and he wanted revenge,” she said. “The defendant planned and executed a violent attack against the man who molested him 30 years ago.”
But Gemetti said the molestation was not a defense to the charges. She called Lynch’s actions illegal “vigilante” justice.
So let’s not get into whether he can do this or not. Rather, regardless of where you fall on whether this guy should have the right to beat up his abuser-priest, do you think that he’ll beat the rap? I do.
(Defense attorney) Harris also said he expects the priest to lie when he is called to testify. Lindner could be called to the witness stand as early as Wednesday afternoon and is expected to deny the rapes occurred. Harris told the jurors to take the priest’s credibility into account when deciding the case.
I hope that cooler heads prevail, but I have a feeling that revenge is what will win the day here.
And for that people should be ashamed of themselves.