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Is Russell Williams Forgiveable?

"The understandable hatred that was expressed yesterday and that has been palpable throughout the week, has me recognize that most will find it impossible to accept. But the fact is, I very deeply regret what I have done and the harm I know I have caused so many." --Russell Williams the day he was sentenced for two murders, two sexual assaults and 82 break-ins.

"Go join your friend, Paul Bernardo." --Anonymous man in the courtroom

"The depths of the depravity shown by Russell Williams have no equal." --Justice Robert Scott, presiding judge

"I can never, ever, ever forgive him for taking my daughter’s life and taking her away forever.." --Roxanne Lloyd, mother of murder victim Jessica Lloyd

"(He is) pure evil that took her from us." --Andy Lloyd, brother of Jessica Lloyd

"We cannot forgive the affront to all of us and to all that is decent. We long to lance it, like a boil on the world." --Mike Strobel, The Sault Star

“He cannot stand before this court and expect forgiveness.  Indeed, from a fundamental and moral perspective, one could debate whether he’s even entitled to ask for forgiveness." --Michael Edelson, attorney for Russell Williams

"If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, 'I repent,' forgive him." --Jesus Christ to his disciples

"I forgive him. It's not up to me. But, yes, I forgive him for what he did to me." --Laurie Massicotte who was sexually assaulted by Russell Williams for two hours in her home."

"Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." --Jesus Christ as he was dying a tortuous death on the cross

"But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins." --Jesus Christ in the Sermon on the Mount

Is Russell Williams forgiveable?  Am I?  Are you?

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Anonymous said…
Russell Williams was the victim of the ignorance and malpractice of his physician(s). My son was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Over the 10 years it took me to discover precisely what schizophrenia is and how to cure it, I learned what happens to the controls in the left half of the brain when the tiny muscle of the right middle ear is compromised by medication. Literally, Williams lost his ability to control his behaviour through no intrinsic fault of his own. His doctor should have been on trial, not he. I, too, am a Christian and have a better understanding now of what Christ meant when He said, "Those who have ears to listen, let them listen." People with middle ear damage cannot attend normally. When that situation escalates, as it does under many medications, rationality and control of behaviour becomes physically impossible. My son is well now and behaves normally thanks to high-frequency stimulation (violin music) to his right ear.
Laurna Tallman, author of Listening for the Light: A New Perspective on Hemispheric Integration Disorder in Dyslexic Syndrome, Schizophrenia, Bipolarity, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and Substance Abuse
Please visit my blog for more information. www.northernlightbooks.ca/MentalHealththroughMusic
Anonymous said…
As a christian we are tought to forgive but how can you do so when someone who is commissioned uniformed officer does the unthinkable, russel Williams, pierre francois Blais, jeffrey greetam, m. Hamel, etc... God help us!

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