All are appalled by the violent, rageful attack of two Asian men by actor, Mark Wahlberg, when he was 16 years old. He was arrested, convicted and served time. Now he wants to be pardoned, claiming that it would serve as an incentive for violent youth that their lives can be redeemed and that there is hope for coming to terms with the ravages of their past. But many published reports, such as the one linked below, believe otherwise. But consider this: In the Bible, a man named Saul was a Jewish persecutor, a hunter of Christians who he believed were polluting Judaism with their beliefs and he pursued them zealously. He later changed his name to Paul and became the author of the letters, the epistles and he himself was persecuted and killed as a follower of Christ. He is now referred to most commonly as Saint Paul.
Today, many ruthless forgive-them-nots dismiss the conversions of prisoners because they believe such a reversal is inauthentic, impossible, and will never be enough because forgiving a celebrity will set a bad example of favoritism.
I believe in pardon, parole, redemption, forgiveness. Not in all, or even most cases. But what more can a hardened heart require of a violent, angry youth than his confession of wrongdoing and, as this article states, a belief that, “he has devoted the rest of his life to being a model citizen. His movies do not glorify violence (apparently). He has contributed significantly to his community. He has mentored many young boys away from a life of crime. He has demonstrated, in deed, a respect for the police.”
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