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  •  I don't need a lecture from you on what this (5+ / 0-)

    family is like. Or what they did, when and to whom.  I lived with their vile attacks, in person, for years. One of their family members (neighbors said it was several) literally nailed a threatening letter to the front door of my house.

    I didn't say I hate her, but that's a long way from saying I forgive her, period.

    You're pretty quick to decide how "progressives" should behave in the face of evil.  Isn't another progressive value that we don't believe in telling other people how to think and feel?

    You don't know that she was brainwashed (although that is highly likely). All you know is that she now, allegedly, reportedly, wishes to escape this evil cult.

    If she is truly repentant, good for her, but forgiveness by her victims is still a leap that you do not get to decide for others.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 11:43:48 PM PST

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    •  Nobody is trying to decide for others (3+ / 0-)
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      I think those arguing with you are trying to express a wish for both her AND you, each of you in your own time and --  at least in the short term -- according to your will.

      I say "short term" because I had no intention of ever forgiving my torturer, EVER. It was inconceivable to me. And one day when I was about 55, I thought of him and it dawned on me that forgiveness had happened without my attention or volition. Well, dammit....

      Peace out.


      by raincrow on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 09:37:55 AM PST

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