Skip to comments.Man, 27, who was beaten almost to death by five teens forgives his attackers
Posted on 10/10/2013 4:11:37 PM PDT by Bon of Babble
A Minneapolis man who was beaten within an inch of his life has forgiven the five teens responsible for the shocking, unprovoked attack.
Ray Widstrand doesn't remember the fateful night of August 4, however authorities say the then-26-year-old found himself in the middle of a terrifying gang confrontation on the streets near his St Paul apartment and was kicked, stomped on and left to die.
But Widstrand doesn't believe the beating is a reflection of the community and said he wished the teens the best.
'That was just a freak accident,' Widstrand, who is now 27, told the Star Tribune. 'It was just young kids lashing out. I was a young kid once. I lashed out.'
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Unbelievable! (well, maybe it isn't). There needs to be less forgiveness and more retribution for these attacks, otherwise they'll continue. And, we all know teen is code word for...
Weakness. This crap should be dealt with harshly and simply not tolerated.
I was just reading the other night about Reginald Denny... the truck driver pulled out of the cab of his truck and beaten by savages during the LA Riots... it’s a very similar story. Look on Wikipedia, that’s where I was reading all this, I believe.
Freak accident? Accident must have a different meaning than what I grew up with. The attack was perpetrated by Amish utes, I presume.
well they did it- they beat him senseless...
What a dumbass.
Freak accident? IMHO, some people are just too stupid to live.
Best Post Award.
Hey, it's his moral and spiritual right to forgive these monsters.
The rest of us should try them, convict them, and hang them by their cowardly necks on public lamp posts until they are dead.
“well they did it- they beat him senseless...”
lol, you said it best. What a pussified metrosexual.
I feel bad for what happened to him, but he is living in an alternate universe.
He is now brain damaged and in rehab therapy for years. He is an idiot to forgive them. But is his way of coping with the awful situation he is now in. You have to move above and beyond but I would not forgive. In other cultures you get revenge and this has its pluses.
America is mostly a non-revenge nation full of people fantasizing they are too good and superior for such tawdry actions
And this fruitcake comes with Stockholm syndrome, white guilt and brain damage.
look up Amanda Kijera, the families of Rachael Corrie, Amy Elizabeth Biehl and Nick Berg
That’s how you are suppose to behave
Liberalism is a mental disease and Liberals are a Cancer on the human race
Mathew 6:14. For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.....
A warning and command from our Lord and Savior.....
I was beaten by 8 gang members in LA. An unknown Good Samaritan with a handgun scared them away before they finished me off. When that happens, you crap your pants because you are about to die.
Fortunately, I got their license plate numbers and the LAPD rounded up 5 of them. That was when the intimidation began 24x7. It is scary and discourages you from pressing charges.
I dropped the charges when the pre-trial intake judge told me they would likely get suspended sentences. I circled the date 5 years in the future to take my revenge when nobody would make the connection back to the beating.
Forgiveness is the only way this man will ever get over what happened to him and I hope that for his peace of mind he has forgiven his attackers. That said, it is not for the rest of us (society) to forgive and those thugs should be swinging from streetlamps.
You’re my hero.
They'll all be dead or in the slammer anyway.
That’s quite a dent in the side of his head. The ability to think logically has been damaged beyond repair.
I wonder if this is the guy Greta van Susteren mentioned....he said if he could meet his attackers, he would thank them for not killing him.
People wonder why Western Civilization is on the decline? We used to go on Crusades....now our men curl up like worms and beg for more punishment.
‘That was just a freak accident,’ Widstrand, who is now 27, told the Star Tribune. ‘It was just young kids lashing out. I was a young kid once. I lashed out.’
In an unrelated note, the CDC has announced an outbreak of stupidity in the state of Minnesota. The CDC hinted that the infestation may have been caused by Progressives traveling from Chicago to attend queer festivals in Minneapolis-St Paul.
I totally agree. Christians don’t understand ‘forgiveness’ I find. We are not God we can’t really ‘forgive them. Only God can forgive them. It is good for us to let go of our hatred, but they have to repent to find peace. And usually that means suffering of some sort. I know it did for me on various occasions...
BBB I don’t think much of you either...
Good luck. We’re here.
Hmmm ... okay!
Poor thing is missing a good portion of his brain.
The teen may have forgotten and forgiven; God forgets nothing and forgives less.
Good luck, kids.
They have to ask for forgiveness first. Otherwise, hang em.
apparently some people need more than a brick to the head.
forgiving is fine but lying to everyone about what eally happened isn’t. further real justice is one of the reasons that enable people to begin to forgive. you can forgive because you are assured they will account for it.
So here’s an exception to the rule that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.
He’s scared the little shits will come after him again... which they probably will anyhow... His fear is understandable. In a combat situation you have friends around you who will defend you if they can. Who does this man have to help him? No one. He’s in my prayers...
“That was just a freak accident”
He must be an idiot.
“he would thank them for not killing him.”
I don’t think they let him live on purpose, that was the accident, they didn’t kill him.
Definitely suffering from brain damage.
I read through a second time, and you’re right...thanks for pointing that out. It must not be the same guy.
I doubt the teen attackers respect this. I wish they did.
Also, he may have “lashed out” - but I doubt he tried beating someone to death.
It wasn’t an “accident,” freak or otherwise. Fine if he wants to forgive, it’s good for his own soul. Justice, however, needs to be met for the sake of the community, not the individual. That’s why criminal prosecutions are always “the state” vs, rather than, i.e., John Doe vs.
Those still left in Minnesota should get out as fast as possible.
Forgiveness is an Christian obligation. However, excusing and justify the violent and wicked behavior of others is just plain stupid and is also decidedly un Christian as it abrogates and denies other equally valid God given commandments
Many of us have a lot to learn about forgiveness.
Not the types I associate with.
White guilt will get you kilt.
“I forgive you, I really deserved this..for something...um, that white people did to you people...oh my God, I’m sorry, I said “you people”... see that means I really am racist...(boohoo)”
Stig: Well he had to, didn’t he? I mean there was nothing else he could do, be fair. I had transgressed the unwritten law.
Rogers: What had you done?
Stig: Er... well he didn’t tell me that, but he gave me his word that it was the case, and that’s good enough for me with old Dinsy. I mean, he didn’t *want* to nail my head to the floor. I had to insist. He wanted to let me off. He’d do anything for you, Dinsdale would.
That's how I would play it....
And then in a few months there would be a story in the local papers about how one or two yutes [/cousin vinny] had disappeared without a trace and a sidebar mentioning how they were involved in a previous incident.
Next time they will finish the job. But, in the end, they will be doing him a favor. Because, if that is his take on things, he does not have the intelligence to cope with life. As Jesus said to His Disciples before he went to the Cross, it is a evil world out there, if any man does not have a sword, let him sell his cloak and buy one.