Interesting to read the differences in comments on this story vs the comments on
reports of those caught burning or otherwise vandalizing local churches.I am compelled to ask what is the difference between a local arsonist
who needs help and forgiveness vs the accused in this case who needs a lifetime
or even extra-judicial capital sentence?
The young man(arsonist) should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
End of story.
"Matthews had a defender in Nygyl Bryyn, a Facebook friend who identified
himself as a south Louisiana native, musician, entrepreneur and agent. In a
telephone interview from Los Angeles, Bryyn described Matthews as a talented,
sometimes frustrated musician but not a racist or violent person.""As far as being a white supremacist? No. Absolutely not," Bryyn
said."Yeah, that's a good defense, he should go with
that.lost in DC - West Jordan, UT"Too bad we see
such lack of tolerance for religion in so many of the comments on these boards.
I wonder if there is a connection?"Too bad we see a lack of
tolerance FROM religion in so many of the comments on these boards. I wonder if
there is a connection?"Whale of fortuneYes, only those of
a certain race."Not just of a certain race, but of a certain
Convict him on state charges and give him consecutive terms.Then,
let's put those Federal Hate Crime statutes, that I'm not fond of, to
good use and give him more consecutive terms up to life.
Opelousas, like most towns/cities in the South is heavily racially mixed. Whites
distrust Blacks and vice versa. It's been that way for hundreds of years.
Plus, this is the heart of Cajun country, which is an entire different, unique
set of circumstances. The fact that a White Sheriff arranged for the arrest of
his son, instead of trying to cover it up, will go a long way to healing the
community. That "kid" should spend 15 years each, for the churches that
he burned. If they send him to Angola, in anything less than solitary, he
won't make a year.
Having just attended a black church in the Deep South this past Sunday, and
having been warmly received by numerous parishioners despite my wife and I being
the only white people there, I am outraged to read something like this.If this guy is found to be guilty, I hope he will spend the rest of his life
behind bars where he belongs!
I can think of a few punishments that would fit the crimes this guy is alleged
to have committed, but then my comment would be blocked.No tolerance
for people who burn churches just because they don’t like the race of most
of the parishioners.Too bad we see such lack of tolerance for
religion in so many of the comments on these boards. I wonder if there is a
connection?Whale of fortuneYes, only those of a certain race.
"I guess the new standard is to specify the race of criminals in the
headline?"When it goes directly to the apparent motivation of
the criminal, yes."I remind this publication that an objective
observer might interpret such a practice as racist."Not really.
But burning the churches of 3 black congregations might be interpreted as
such.Quit trying to find some bizarre victimhood in this.
Oh, a white man, you say? I guess the new standard is to specify the race of
criminals in the headline? Or does that only apply when the criminal is of a
particular race? I remind this publication that an objective observer might
interpret such a practice as racist.
This crime is one of the very few that I would say invoking the Federal Hate
Crime statues against the suspect would be warranted.And more so
because the church was burned. Not the type of church.