Because I am a Mormon, and I live in a Mormon community, I feel today that a little Scripture is in order:
D&C 64:9 Wherefore, I say unto you, that ye ought to forgive one another; for he that forgiveth not his brother his trespasses standeth condemned before the Lord; for there remaineth in him the greater sin.
So we are supposed to forgive EVERYONE? I don’t know if the Lord knew what he was talking about here, because when he was on earth, there weren’t ex-offenders, right?
Oh wait, he is omnipotent… So I guess we need to allow people to repent and move on with life, even if they are viewed as horrible people! Even if there is a list of them that circulates out on the internet, causing them daily worry and trial! (and people think this list is a great idea even though the recidivism rate of ex-offenders is so incredibly low!) Even if Sherlock is so SURE that they will re-offend that he lies and coerces nonsense statements from “concerned” parents of students in a gym where an ex-offender fills the vending and sews the mats! I see. And if we don’t forgive them, then we have the greater sin. I understand now, Christ really meant what he said. Interesting.
(Now, because some of you will likely be thinking “but without this list, how will we and our children be safe?!?” Let me acquaint you with a little concept called responsibility. It is your responsibility to actually KNOW the people around you, and the people your children spend time with, in order to make sure that they are not harmful. This knowing doesn’t come from the rumor mill, but from actually speaking with them or people who know them. So yeah, be responsible for yourselves so the nanny government can get its nose out of our business.)
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