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Man, 27, who was beaten almost to death by five teens forgives his attackers
Daily Mail ^ | Oct 10, 2013 | Sara Malm, Alex Greig and Helen Pow

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...

1 posted on 10/10/2013 4:11:37 PM PDT by Bon of Babble
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To: Bon of Babble

Weakness. This crap should be dealt with harshly and simply not tolerated.


2 posted on 10/10/2013 4:13:17 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


3 posted on 10/10/2013 4:14:30 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Bon of Babble

Freak accident? Accident must have a different meaning than what I grew up with. The attack was perpetrated by Amish utes, I presume.


4 posted on 10/10/2013 4:16:04 PM PDT by fhayek
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To: Bon of Babble

well they did it- they beat him senseless...


5 posted on 10/10/2013 4:16:42 PM PDT by Mr. K (Lies, Damned Lies, Statistics, and then Democrat Talking Points.)
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To: Bon of Babble

What a dumbass.


6 posted on 10/10/2013 4:17:40 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Play the 'Knockout Game' with someone owning a 9mm and you get what you deserve)
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To: Bon of Babble

Freak accident? IMHO, some people are just too stupid to live.


7 posted on 10/10/2013 4:18:01 PM PDT by SAMWolf (Looking for my generations Lexington and Concord.)
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To: Mr. K
well they did it- they beat him senseless...

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.

8 posted on 10/10/2013 4:20:04 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: Mr. K

“well they did it- they beat him senseless...”

lol, you said it best. What a pussified metrosexual.


9 posted on 10/10/2013 4:20:28 PM PDT by wrencher
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To: Bon of Babble

             

10 posted on 10/10/2013 4:20:30 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: Bon of Babble
'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.'

I feel bad for what happened to him, but he is living in an alternate universe.

11 posted on 10/10/2013 4:22:48 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Veteran, 70-71)
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To: Bon of Babble

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


12 posted on 10/10/2013 4:28:15 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: Bon of Babble

And this fruitcake comes with Stockholm syndrome, white guilt and brain damage.


13 posted on 10/10/2013 4:31:06 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: Bon of Babble

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


14 posted on 10/10/2013 4:33:04 PM PDT by qam1 (There's been a huge party. All plates and the bottles are empty, all that's left is the bill to pay)
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To: Bon of Babble

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.....


15 posted on 10/10/2013 4:36:10 PM PDT by delchiante
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


16 posted on 10/10/2013 4:37:55 PM PDT by CreviceTool (A Good Samaritan with a handgun saved my life...)
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


17 posted on 10/10/2013 4:40:11 PM PDT by RightOnTheBorder
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To: CreviceTool

You’re my hero.


18 posted on 10/10/2013 4:41:27 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: CreviceTool
I circled the date 5 years in the future to take my revenge when nobody would make the connection back to the beating.

They'll all be dead or in the slammer anyway.

19 posted on 10/10/2013 4:48:09 PM PDT by Stentor
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To: Bon of Babble

That’s quite a dent in the side of his head. The ability to think logically has been damaged beyond repair.


20 posted on 10/10/2013 4:50:03 PM PDT by Third Person (Welcome to Gaymerica.)
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


21 posted on 10/10/2013 4:50:39 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: Bon of Babble

‘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.


22 posted on 10/10/2013 4:56:35 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (When His Arrogance talks out of his a$$, Harry Reid's lips move.)
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To: Bon of Babble

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...


23 posted on 10/10/2013 4:59:08 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: BillyBonebrake

BBB I don’t think much of you either...


24 posted on 10/10/2013 5:00:24 PM PDT by abigail2
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To: Bon of Babble

Exactly!


25 posted on 10/10/2013 5:00:40 PM PDT by Jane Austen (Boycott the Philadelphia Eagles!)
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To: CreviceTool

Good luck. We’re here.


26 posted on 10/10/2013 5:03:13 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie ("So the minimum plan for obamacare is 100 bucks a month I like you Obama but nigga I'm broke")
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To: abigail2

Hmmm ... okay!


27 posted on 10/10/2013 5:06:02 PM PDT by BillyBonebrake
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To: Bon of Babble

Poor thing is missing a good portion of his brain.


28 posted on 10/10/2013 5:11:01 PM PDT by Chickensoup (we didn't love freedom enough... Solzhenitsyn.)
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To: Bon of Babble

The teen may have forgotten and forgiven; God forgets nothing and forgives less.

Good luck, kids.


29 posted on 10/10/2013 5:16:03 PM PDT by Jack Hammer (American)
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To: Bon of Babble

They have to ask for forgiveness first. Otherwise, hang em.


30 posted on 10/10/2013 5:20:25 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: BillyBonebrake
white guilt and brain damage

Redundant.
31 posted on 10/10/2013 5:22:04 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Who am I to judge homosexuals? That's what the Tony Awards are for.)
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To: Bon of Babble

apparently some people need more than a brick to the head.


32 posted on 10/10/2013 5:27:02 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: delchiante

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.


33 posted on 10/10/2013 5:29:51 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Bon of Babble

So here’s an exception to the rule that a conservative is a liberal who has been mugged.


34 posted on 10/10/2013 5:38:46 PM PDT by bkopto (Obama and Biden are merely symptoms of a more profound, systemic disease in American body politic.)
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To: Bon of Babble

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...


35 posted on 10/10/2013 5:43:42 PM PDT by GOPJ (Brieitbart sent me... Freeper newfreep)
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To: Bon of Babble

“That was just a freak accident”

He must be an idiot.


36 posted on 10/10/2013 5:45:14 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

“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.


37 posted on 10/10/2013 5:48:31 PM PDT by duffee (NO poll tax, NO tax on firearms, ammunition or gun safes. NO gun free zones.)
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To: Bon of Babble

Definitely suffering from brain damage.


38 posted on 10/10/2013 6:04:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The DemocRAT Pahtay! Spending our grandchildren's future, today!)
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To: duffee

I read through a second time, and you’re right...thanks for pointing that out. It must not be the same guy.


39 posted on 10/10/2013 6:23:15 PM PDT by CatherineofAragon ((Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.))
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To: headstamp 2

I doubt the teen attackers respect this. I wish they did.


40 posted on 10/10/2013 6:29:52 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: headstamp 2

Also, he may have “lashed out” - but I doubt he tried beating someone to death.


41 posted on 10/10/2013 6:33:42 PM PDT by sunrise_sunset
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


42 posted on 10/10/2013 6:35:44 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Bon of Babble

Those still left in Minnesota should get out as fast as possible.


43 posted on 10/10/2013 6:39:06 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: RetiredTexasVet
‘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.’


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

44 posted on 10/10/2013 6:43:19 PM PDT by rdcbn
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To: Bon of Babble

Many of us have a lot to learn about forgiveness.


45 posted on 10/11/2013 2:35:47 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Not the types I associate with.


46 posted on 10/11/2013 4:00:07 AM PDT by sandboxshooter (Iraq, Afghanistan, War)
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To: Bon of Babble

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)”


47 posted on 10/11/2013 5:40:56 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Molon Labbie

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.


48 posted on 10/11/2013 5:45:05 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Bon of Babble
"Man, 27, who was beaten almost to death by five teens forgives his attackers"

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.

49 posted on 10/11/2013 5:45:09 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Bon of Babble

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.


50 posted on 10/11/2013 5:47:24 AM PDT by sport
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