Saturday, January 29, 2011

New Book "Until Proven Innocent" and my thoughts on some old comments

I recently received a copy of Stuart Taylor and KC Johnson's book Until Proven Innocent:  Political Correctness and the Shameful Injustices of the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, and so far I'm liking it.  The book promises to lay out, in detail, the entire sordid history of this despicable miscarriage of justice.  Anyone who is wrongfully accused or convicted of anything is a victim, and their race or socioeconomic status does not negate that.  They deserve our prayers and compassion.

Reading some old comments on the case on CAF, though, it seems that some of my fellow Catholics don't consider them victims, but on the receiving end of God's wrath.  Them going through a year of hell was "temporal punishment for sin".  Hmmm.  From what I can tell, not all of them were at the party when the stripper was there.  And since when did God allow false accusation to be the catalyst for His punishment?  Why would God allow the breaking of His Commandment "Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor" for it?  Such an idea sounds frankly heretical and blasphemous to me.

Their sins aside, they were innocent, and God would not allow another sin to punish a sin.  It makes no sense whatsoever.

Pax Christi.

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