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Jim Wallis Issues Rebuke of Zimmerman Acquittal: ‘Racial Profiling Is a Sin in the Eyes of God’
The Blaze ^ | July 16, 2013 | Billy Hallowell

Posted on 07/16/2013 7:27:16 AM PDT by Alex Murphy

Progressive faith leader Jim Wallis joined in on issuing commentary in the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal. In a Huffington Post blog piece entitled, “Lament From a White Father,” he alleged that, had shooting victim Trayvon Martin been white, he would still be alive today. Wallis also pleaded with Caucasians — and parents, in particular — to “listen, to learn, and to speak out” about the tragic death.

Race, he contended, was at the center of the incident from the start.

“If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack, he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today,” Wallis wrote. “Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true.”

The Sojourners leader went on to call it “a political, legal and moral mistake” not to ensure that the trial focused upon race, as he believes that this was the root cause that inevitably led to Martin’s death. In fact, Wallis overtly accused Zimmerman of having racially profiled the 17-year-old victim.

“[Martin Luther] King’s dream failed on February 26, 2012, in Sanford, Fla., when George Zimmerman decided to follow Trayvon Martin because of the color of his skin,” he added. “This led to a confrontation in which a child was killed by an adult who got away with it, because of the way Florida laws were written and interpreted.”

Wallis went on to say that “racial profiling is a sin in the eyes of God” and he described the “systematic injustice” that he believes is at play in American society — a system that he contended puts African Americans at a disadvantage. He described the case as providing a window into “an utterly segregated society.”

While Wallis called for the acceptance of the verdict, the faith leader also said that the case’s meaning must be explored, particular when it comes to its societal impact.


TOPICS: Other Christian; Religion & Culture; Religion & Politics
KEYWORDS: jimwallis; profiling; racism; religiousleft; sojourners; zimmerman
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Race, he contended, was at the center of the incident from the start. “If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack, he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today,” Wallis wrote. “Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true.” The Sojourners leader went on to call it “a political, legal and moral mistake” not to ensure that the trial focused upon race, as he believes that this was the root cause that inevitably led to Martin’s death. In fact, Wallis overtly accused Zimmerman of having racially profiled the 17-year-old victim....Wallis went on to say that “racial profiling is a sin in the eyes of God” and he described the “systematic injustice” that he believes is at play in American society — a system that he contended puts African Americans at a disadvantage. He described the case as providing a window into “an utterly segregated society.”

Title has been shortened from the original:
Progressive Faith Leader Jim Wallis Issues Harsh Rebuke of Zimmerman Acquittal: ‘Racial Profiling Is a Sin in the Eyes of God’

1 posted on 07/16/2013 7:27:16 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

George Zimmerman is Alfred Dreyfus.


2 posted on 07/16/2013 7:28:50 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: Alex Murphy
The Sojourners leader went on to call it “a political, legal and moral mistake” not to ensure that the trial focused upon race, as he believes that this was the root cause that inevitably led to Martin’s death.

I'm guessing that Jim Wallis has decided to go into competition with Al Sharpton for top race-baiter.

3 posted on 07/16/2013 7:29:28 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

Guess it depends on which god you happen to be worshiping that day? Every time you go through an airport you worship the god of tolerance.

Pray for America to Wake Up


4 posted on 07/16/2013 7:30:04 AM PDT by bray (Coming soon: The Republic of Texas 2022)
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To: Alex Murphy

White liberals are having such a good time grandstanding over this. Nothing gives a white liberal a chance to stand up and start talking about himself, as when a black kid with THC in his system gets shot assaulting a Hispanic guy for calling the police.


5 posted on 07/16/2013 7:30:26 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: bray
Every time you go through an airport you worship the god of tolerance.

That's a great line.

6 posted on 07/16/2013 7:30:44 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: Alex Murphy

I might agree, given that TM profiled Z!


7 posted on 07/16/2013 7:31:12 AM PDT by Scrambler Bob ( Concerning bo -- that refers to the president. If I capitalize it, I mean the dog.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Some one needs to tell this putz had Travon been white and the same set of cirumstances occured, he’d be just as dead.


8 posted on 07/16/2013 7:31:26 AM PDT by SCHROLL
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To: Alex Murphy

Seems like projection.

It’s all racism and profiling... Until you actually get robbed. Then it’s PTSD.


9 posted on 07/16/2013 7:31:46 AM PDT by TigerClaws
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To: Alex Murphy
had shooting victim Trayvon Martin been white, he would still be alive today.

That could well be the case. White kids generally are much less prone to resort to violence when they feel they have been dissed.

Somehow, I don't think Wallis gets that point - that Martin, from his on-line comments, had embraced thug culture, and felt a violent response to being followed by Zimmerman was somehow justified.

And apparently a lot of liberals feel the same way as well.

10 posted on 07/16/2013 7:32:18 AM PDT by dirtboy
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To: Alex Murphy

I love profiling

Is it an actual cdrime now? Thought crimes are a sin against God.

If I have my car stolen in the middle of the night, I am not going to look for 80-year-old gramma’s

If I have a plane blown up I am going to suspect Arab Terrorists

If I own a store and 10% of my customers are responsibel for 90% of the shjoplifting I am going to be suspicious every time one of them walk in

That’s profiling, and its a good thing


11 posted on 07/16/2013 7:32:20 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Alex Murphy
Jesus is speaking to you, Jim Wallis...

Matthew 25:41 Then He will say to those at His left hand, Begone from Me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels!

12 posted on 07/16/2013 7:33:17 AM PDT by Prov1322 (Enjoy my wife's incredible artwork at www.watercolorARTwork.com! (This space no longer for rent))
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To: Alex Murphy

thou shalt not profile?


13 posted on 07/16/2013 7:33:47 AM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: Alex Murphy
“If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack, he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today,” Wallis wrote. “Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true.”

Oh, Jim. How IS the Kool Ade?

Replay the scenario with Luke cold cocking a stranger in the dark, getting on top of him and beating him. Consider Luke informing the man he was beating that he was going to kill him.

Guess what? Your white son would be as dead as Trayvon Martin. Deal with it.

14 posted on 07/16/2013 7:33:49 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory, and He will not be mocked! Blessed be the Name of the Lord forever!)
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To: Alex Murphy

“Profiling” is nothing more than using the God given skills of cognition to deduce patterns in our environment, which is the most basic aspect of human intelligence.


15 posted on 07/16/2013 7:34:57 AM PDT by Truthsearcher
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To: Alex Murphy

I think Zimmerman did profile Trayvon Martin. Trayvon was the only person Zimmerman saw creeping around in the neighborhood shadows that night. In the dark, raining, hood up; I seriously doubt he could even tell he was black when he saw him. In fact, he said so on the 911 call: “He looks black.” Zimmerman called 911 *before* he knew Trayvon was black. He did not know for certain until Trayvon was walking toward him: “He’s got his hand in his waistband and he is a black male.”

If I would have seen the hand in the waistband, I would be thinking he was armed.


16 posted on 07/16/2013 7:35:19 AM PDT by IamConservative (The soul of my lifes journey is Liberty!)
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To: Alex Murphy

Isn’t accusing Zimmerman of racial profiling itself a form of profiling? (yes)


17 posted on 07/16/2013 7:35:28 AM PDT by circlecity
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To: Alex Murphy
Protestors' argument: It's wrong and stupid to think that young, black men may be up to criminal activity.

Yesterday:


18 posted on 07/16/2013 7:36:12 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: Alex Murphy
"If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack, he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today. Everyone, being honest with ourselves, knows that is true.”

Be honest with YOURSELF, Jim. Your son would have come back to you unharmed because he would have gone directly home insterad of loitering around in the rain, then approaching GZ ready to fight. Trayvon would have been unharmed if he'd done the same....gone drectly home.

19 posted on 07/16/2013 7:36:14 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: Mr. K

How about this scenario -

Walking in the zoo with your family.
You see a bunch of AA males all wearing white T-shirts coming in, flashing gang signs, etc.
You can
a) Ignore your warning bells (profiling) and stay at the zoo, hoping there’s nothing going on.
b) “Profile” and consider that it’s a good time to go swimming or get ice cream somewhere outside of the zoo...


20 posted on 07/16/2013 7:36:17 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Alex Murphy

Yet another militantly ignorant attention whore weighs in . . .


21 posted on 07/16/2013 7:36:46 AM PDT by tomkat
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To: Alex Murphy

There’s no way he can say this with certainty.

TM’s friend Janteal(sp?) told him to run away from GZ.

Trayvon chose not to.

I agree with another poster that he appears to have embraced the thug culture where if you feel disrespected you must act.

That mindset has got to change.


22 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:19 AM PDT by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: Alex Murphy

“If my white 14-year-old son Luke had walked out that same night, in that same neighborhood, just to get a snack, he would have come back to his dad unharmed — and would still be with me and Joy today,” Wallis wrote.
___________________________________________________

How do you know he would have come back ???

do you let your 14 yo go out late at night wandering around strange neighborhoods ???

I didnt let mine and my grandchildren dont do that now...

What parent in their right mind lets their 14 yo children wander around a mile from home to a store by themselves...

Id call the cops on you if you did that...

its called neglect,

oh noez thats CHILD ABUSE


23 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:24 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: EnquiringMind

I would hope the hypothetical young Wallis would end up the same way if he attempted to murder someone for looking at him and talking in his cell phone.


24 posted on 07/16/2013 7:37:32 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Alex Murphy

Is the reverend racially profiling Zimmerman here?


25 posted on 07/16/2013 7:38:08 AM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: Alex Murphy

Police profile all the time. They do it to catch criminals.....”the bank robber was a white male about 5’ 8” tall....”

So does everyone - even Jesse Jackson admitted when he heard steps behind him he felt safer knowing it was someone white than if they were black.

Profiling is NOT prejudice. It usually is just the opposite: intelligence based on facts. Base on reality.

The liberal/Marxist/politically correct want everyone to throw away all logic.


26 posted on 07/16/2013 7:38:40 AM PDT by Arlis (.)
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Progressive faith leader Jim Wallis

Hey dumbass. How about if Trayvon Martin had been raised right by his "parents" he would not have been in Sanford to begin with let alone out buying stuff to make his concoction to get high.

27 posted on 07/16/2013 7:38:48 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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What is funny is that one of the most successful operations at the FBI is its Criminal Profiling Program.

If you don't profile, you can't catch the guilty party.

This PC rule against profiling reminds me of how we cannot name Islam as our enemy because it might hurt their feelings.

Obama and his ilk have turned rational thinking and logic on their heads.

28 posted on 07/16/2013 7:39:02 AM PDT by RoosterRedux (You can't eat Sharia)
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To: Alex Murphy

Oh dear Lord above!

The stupidity and racial pandering on display is... so many words to use here... Astounding, idiotic, Sad, examples of feelings over rational thought.

For myself I am keeping track of these race-baiters and self-hating ‘leaders’. They out themselves as people who are best avoided in the future.


29 posted on 07/16/2013 7:39:12 AM PDT by The Working Man
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To: MrB

I already do just that- I would not let my daughter go downtown for an event just this past sunday


30 posted on 07/16/2013 7:40:02 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Alex Murphy

I frigging hate those people who are low info or those who keep harping the same crap and use bumper sticker slogans.


31 posted on 07/16/2013 7:40:10 AM PDT by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: Alex Murphy

The only actual evidence of racism entered into evidence in the entire trial was Martin’s calling Zimmerman a crazy-ass cracker.

So yes, profiling is wrong. Especially when it comes from an individual who is about to attempt to beat someone of a different race to death.


32 posted on 07/16/2013 7:41:12 AM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (Army dad. And damned proud.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Animals. Wonder how the riots are in Lancaster, PA and other Amish hot spots?


33 posted on 07/16/2013 7:41:33 AM PDT by albie (t allowed)
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To: MrB

in Obama’s world that would be a ciminal offense!


34 posted on 07/16/2013 7:41:56 AM PDT by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Alex Murphy

35 posted on 07/16/2013 7:42:26 AM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: All
Related thread:
Kudos: Liberal Evangelical Ron Sider Quits AARP Over 'Generational Injustice'
36 posted on 07/16/2013 7:45:15 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: don-o

If I hear a snack of Skittles and iced tea one more time I am going to scream.

Hannity mentions it both on his TV and radio shows. I immediately shut him off.


37 posted on 07/16/2013 7:45:20 AM PDT by maggief
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To: Alex Murphy

Just another Hispanic hater.


38 posted on 07/16/2013 7:46:24 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: dirtboy
that Martin, from his on-line comments, had embraced thug culture, and felt a violent response to being followed by Zimmerman was somehow justified.
This should serve as a lesson to the wannabe gangstas and "Miss Thangs" of all races and backgrounds. What happened to TM is the inevitable consequence of, as they say in the 'hood "letting your alligator mouth get your butterfly ass in trouble"
39 posted on 07/16/2013 7:47:38 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Jim Wallis? I think he used to be somebody.


40 posted on 07/16/2013 7:48:26 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o ("What does it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" - Mark 8:36)
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To: Alex Murphy

Dear Jim Wallis:

Sometimes it is better to STFU than to say something stupid and prove yourself an idiot.

Why don’t you drive over to a black neighborhood one day and turn your son loose in that neighborhood to go buy some Skittles.

See if he comes back alive.


41 posted on 07/16/2013 7:48:43 AM PDT by Venturer
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Progressive faith leader Jim Wallis

I read the Bible myself, but I would like to know, what exactly is a progressive faith leader?

42 posted on 07/16/2013 7:49:46 AM PDT by Mark17 (My body is in California, but my heart is in the Philippines.)
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To: Alex Murphy
"Faith Leader!" Sounds more like just another crack-pot. Or does he claim to have witnessed something in Florida on the night when the incident occurred? Otherwise, the "Faith Leader" has jumped to conclusions. If nothing else, he is acting as a "false witness," vilifying others, who I suspect that he has never even met.

It would be interesting to hear this "Faith Leader," debate with any real Godly man. But in the meanwhile, he will doubtless continue to get encouraging publicity, so long as he mouths the same hateful rant as do so many in the mainstream media.

William Flax

43 posted on 07/16/2013 7:49:51 AM PDT by Ohioan
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To: Alex Murphy
Wallis is a fraud. He's a Communist who cynically abuses the tenets of Christian faith to further his desire to fundamentally change America into a godless gulag.

God is not progressive. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. The Lord decides what is sin and what is righteousness.

A real Christian, if he believed that Zimmerman had sinned, would have called him to confession and repentance. This would have shown true Christian love and forgiveness as there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus.

Instead, Wallis uses the jargon of phony "progressive" faith to beat Zimmerman rhetorically. This is truly a sin before God.

Wallis is acting like a Pharisee and should himself confess and repent.

45 posted on 07/16/2013 7:50:56 AM PDT by Dr. Thorne ("How long, O Lord, holy and true?" - Rev. 6:10)
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To: Alex Murphy

Progressive faith leader, talk about Christian extremists trying to shove their morality down our throats. IMO they are just as phony as the Westboro Baptist Church.


46 posted on 07/16/2013 7:51:05 AM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: Alex Murphy

After seeing the uncivilized criminal behavior of “certain” people last night, I will never go around them or feel safe in their presence again.


47 posted on 07/16/2013 7:51:05 AM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Alex Murphy

Jim Wallis - the scripture speaks often of establishing the truth of an accusation by the word of two or three witnesses. Please produce your witnesses regarding your accusation of racial profiling - or stop accusing anybody else of sin.

Oh - and remember what the scripture says about bearing false witness.


48 posted on 07/16/2013 7:51:33 AM PDT by GilesB
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To: Dr. Thorne
Wallis is a fraud. He's a Communist who cynically abuses the tenets of Christian faith to further his desire to fundamentally change America into a godless gulag.

Just like Jim Jones.

49 posted on 07/16/2013 7:52:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Alex Murphy

So’s homosexuality, Wallis... yet you seem to have no problem with that.

And BTW, fool... Zimmerman didn’t engage in racial profiling, so shove that idea up your Holder.


50 posted on 07/16/2013 7:55:52 AM PDT by ScottinVA ( Liberal is to patriotism as Kermit Gosnell is to neonatal care.)
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