We Stand with the President

Kris and I agree with the peacemaking ways of our President:

President Obama’s full statement on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman case:

“The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher.

“But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son.

“And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis.

“We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.”

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About Scot McKnight

Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. McKnight, author of more than forty books, is the Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL.

  • Jeremy B.

    I thought it was a fabulous statement. I was also surprised at how many people simply would not support what he was saying because they read “huge gun grab” into it.

    Interestingly, John Piper retweeted something he wrote a long time ago about this that I thought was on the money. – http://t.co/sGDpL1ept7 Definitely worth the read, even if you’re not a Piper fan (which I’m not on many things).

    Also, Patheos is feeding lots of auto-play flash ads w/ sound. What’s up with that? I don’t want to have to enable ad block for this blog. :(

  • revdrdre

    I too appreciate this message. questions of drones aside, the president has issued an admonition about peacemaking and reconciliation that we all can apply.

  • KentonS

    I agree with the President’s rhetoric. But if his AG and the Justice Dept. is still investigating the case to see if criminal charges can be brought up in a federal court, then he has no credibility with the whole “we’re a nation of laws and a jury has spoken” thing.

  • Jeremy B.

    The Justice Department operates independently of the POTUS (to some extent). What I’ve read so far is Obama gets no say in what Holder et al. get up to here. That said, Holder’s last official statement was pretty much a nice way of saying “it’s highly unlikely anything of the sort will occur.”

  • KentonS

    Tell you what, Jeremy B. I’ll withhold my judgment here to let Holder buy some time. For the record, I don’t think he’s as independent of Obama as they’re trying to portray it, and my confidence in Holder is dismally small. But I do think taking some time gives the public a chance to processes the verdict.

    On the other hand, the longer this goes on the more this turns this into a harassment of a guy who has been tried and acquitted.

  • Susan_G1

    Obama’s message after the trial was eloquent and spot on. His comments before the trial, however, should not have been made.

  • Jeremy B.

    In this specific case, Obama has left the DoJ to decide what it wants to do. Holder is saying the standard to charge Zimmerman for civil rights violations is extremely high. So Obama’s saying “I’m staying out of this” and Holder’s saying “It’s very, very hard to take such actions” seems like a nice political way of saying “We’re going to let everyone cool down before letting this drop.”

  • Andrew Dowling

    Your politi-speak translating is astute Jeremy :)

    DOJ isn’t going to go forward with anything.

  • Eric Weiss

    Since “If I had a son…” didn’t get the outcome he/they wanted, they now resort to this:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/16/Holder-DOJ-witch-hunt

    Makes Nixon with his “enemies list” look like St. Francis of Assisi.

  • howardpoint

    agree completely. . .

  • howardpoint

    Scot, I agree with you and specifically with Susan_G. But it perplexes me that our political and activist folks can continue to escalate this terrible tragedy and generally ignore what is happening every day in Chicago, just 25 miles from where I live and you teach. As of July 10th, there were 21 homicides in Chicago.


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