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George Zimmerman says killing Trayvon Martin was “God’s plan” and he has no regrets

George Zimmerman says killing Trayvon Martin was “God’s plan” and he has no regrets

This was an infuriating, “WTF?” moment, and I possess few decent names for Zimmerman after such statements.  It is not that Zimmerman blames an invisible man in the sky for what he did, but rather he takes no responsibility for murdering someone and has no remorse for it.  To be exact, he said,  “I feel like it was all God's plan” for him to kill Trayvon.  Then he continues and says, “I am not a racist” and “I am not a murder”, as he places the blame on his god for Trayvon’s death, and then adds that he has no regrets for killing Trayvon, a 17 year old minor.

Zimmerman, 28, is charged with second-degree murder in the Feb. 26 death of the 17-year-old Martin, an African American who was unarmed when he was killed in Sanford, about 20 miles north of Orlando.

Zimmerman did not give an actual apology during his interview and I think the man deserves prison for the rest of his life.  He is not fit to walk the streets and I cannot imagine any words that would make up for what he did, but such words as “God’s plan” are not it.

“I feel like it was all God’s plan,” said Zimmerman, adding, “And for me to second guess it or to judge it…” before trailing off and shaking his head.

Ah, the God defense. And with that, Zimmerman joins a long list of dubious characters who have justified horrible acts with “God’s will.” He hides behind the notion that everything happens for a reason – God’s reason – and that he deserves no culpability for that reason. Alas, it may also be God’s plan for Zimmerman to spend a long time in jail if he is convicted of second-degree murder.

What the hell?  I do not care how religious someone is as long as s/he takes responsibility for the things they do and to do otherwise is not only anti-social, but also despicable.  In fact, I was at one time a Christian and even then, I thought such statements were crappy things to say, because if such a god exists, not only is that god not worth worshipping, but he is not the kind of deity my relatives say they worshipped.  The “God defense” just does not work and really makes one’s god concept look vile, deplorable, and contemptuous, as well as makes that person using the “God defense” look like an ass.  Who would want to worship such a deity?

In fact, Trayvon’s father, Tracy Martin said after the interviewed aired, “We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.”

While the god of the Bible did kill many people, there was also the god that told Abraham to take Isaac out and sacrifice him.  Once Abraham placed Isaac on the altar to sacrifice him to said deity, God comes along and says, “Just kidding.  Here’s a ram.  Sacrifice him instead.” (Genesis 22)

In addition, Jesus was supposed to be the final sacrifice, as well as the last human sacrifice.  Thus, I have no clue what the hell Zimmerman is talking about, but obviously he is not talking about a loving deity, the alleged human concept I grew up with as a child.  Rather, he is talking about a cruel, sadistic deity, if such a god existed.  Maybe he worships the one who sent bears to kill the children who made fun of “Old Baldy”, also known as Elisha (2 Kings 2:23-24).

Of course, most Christians say that is the same God, but I think it is a matter of definition in what you believe a deity does or does not do and is or is not.  Mr. Martin apparently worships a “loving god” who would not kill a young man by using another human being and Zimmerman worships a sociopathic deity.

However, it is all in the concept of what sort of deity a person worships.  All are merely human concepts and I really could care less about what human concept a person has concerning a deity, until they refuse to take responsibility for their actions, especially heinous actions such as murder, whether it is in self-defense or not.

Supposedly, Zimmerman was raised Catholic, but most Catholics I know would not allow for such a statement in relationship to a heinous act.  That would be a sinful act, categorized under the fifth Commandment, making Zimmerman a hypocrite all the way around.

Instead, Zimmerman says, “At that point, I realised that it wasn’t my gun, it wasn’t his gun, it was the gun.  He said you’re going to die tonight, (exploitive).  I felt one of his hands going down my chest to my bolster.  It just happened so quickly.”

So whose gun was it?  It was not Trayvon’s, as far as we know, and Zimmerman even insinuates that in his interview, when he said he felt Trayvon’s hands go down to his bolster.  Yet Trayvon did not have a gun nor did he fire “the gun”.  Zimmerman did.  Was it self-defense?

During the bond hearing, he and his wife lied under oath about their finances, which, as a Catholic, that violates Commandment number eight.  He makes a very poor Catholic and once the judge heard Zimmerman lied, the judge brought both he and his wife back to court.

Given that Zimmerman lied to the judge about his finances, I hardly trust him with the rest of his story, especially when he places blame on an invisible man in the sky for the murder of Trayvon, instead of taking responsibility for his own actions.

The thing is, I was raised to view God as “the father to the fatherless” (Psalm 68:5) and a heavenly father, of which we are “all God’s children”.  If such a god exists and is supposedly a father figure, then one who uses another human being to murder “a child of god” is not only an abusive father, but a murderous one too.  We are all taught how to cherry-pick the Bible at a very early age and I guess Zimmerman was taught to choose the murderous Old Testament deity, who wiped out whole cities and turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt (Genesis 19:26).

However, I do not believe such a deity exists and if I did possess a god concept, it would not be a murderous one, but I propose that Zimmerman is refusing to take responsibility for his actions and placing blame on an invisible man in the sky.  This refusal to take responsibility is deplorable and, in my eyes, makes his crime doubly worse than if he took responsibility for his actions.

The truth is, Zimmerman killed Trayvon, not some invisible sky daddy and to place blame on his god concept is abhorrent, not just to non-theists, but also and especially to the parents of Trayvon.  Not taking responsibility for one’s own actions, especially in the case of murder, is contemptuous.  Such a human concept of a deity is not even worth worshipping for that matter and I am glad Mr. Martin does not worship such a deity.

However, towards the end of the interview, Zimmerman did say he was sorry for his current situation, but not for murdering Trayvon, saying, “I do wish that there was something, anything that I could have done that wouldn’t have put me in the position where I had to take his life.”  As Care2 said, maybe if he had not pursued Trayvon with a gun he would not wish such a thing.

At one point in the interview, Zimmerman did extend an apology to Martin’s mother and father. “I am sorry that they buried their child,” Zimmerman said. “I can’t imagine what it must feel like, and I pray for them daily.”

Maybe he should pray to the judge to have mercy, but I do not know why the judge should, given that Zimmerman takes no responsibility for his actions, possess little remorse, and lied at least once.  I really feel this man should spend the rest of his life behind bars, because he is not fit for society, especially when he outsources the responsibility of his actions by placing blame on his god concept.  Seems to me, he created such a god concept just so he does not have to take responsibility for the things he does, hoping it will get him out of any trouble his heinous actions cause him.  That is extremely deplorable.

No Zimmerman, no deity was involved in the murder of Trayvon.  It was purely your own doing, because you pulled the trigger.  If only you would own up to it, instead of being donkey’s behind about it, but then again, I guess there are not enough “Hail Mary’s” and “Our Father’s” to make up for the sins of murder and lying.  It is such a shame that hell is not a real place, but then again, that would take away from the “loving god” concept too.

Longer clip of the interview and full video interview, in six parts, is on Fox News website:

About Mriana

Mriana is a humanist and the author of "A Source of Misery", who grew up in the Church of God, Anderson Indiana. After she became an adult, she joined the Episcopal Church, but later left the Church and became a humanist. She has two grown sons and raises cats. Mriana raised her sons in the Episcopal Church, but in their teen years, they left the Church and she soon followed. One of her sons became a "Tao Buddhist" and the other a None, creating his own world view. She enjoys writing, reading, science, philosophy, psychology, and other subjects. Mriana is also an animal lover, who cares for their welfare as living beings, who are part of the earth. She is a huge Star Trek fan in a little body.
  • Peter

    Ah, yes, the God defence. But, why are we
    surprised that Zimmerman thought it was gods will to murder that teenager? If
    Christians ever bothered reading their bibles they'd see their kind, loving god
    is a serial killer, a psychopath and a role model for mid-east terrorists. Steve
    Wells in Drunk With Blood calculated how many god killed or had killed
    in the OT. It stands at 2.4 million, not counting Noah's boat ride. The devil
    killed 10! So, maybe Zimmerman is right; maybe it was gods will for him to
    murder someone. Why do I see a temporary insanity plea coming?

  • Understanding soul


    Go to some bible studies, or do some research on theology, specifically Christianity.

    This will help you understand, that he is not passing the buck, he is coping. This is the same thing pastors, and priests tell their followers when they come to them in tears because they just lost a loved one. Killing someone is a very devastating experience, this is one of the many reasons Veterans have PTSD.

    The fact is nothing makes the loss of a loved one better, but knowing that God has a plan, helps a bit with coping. For example, when my father died, it was at first hard to grasp why God would let something like that happen. But the fact is, people die everyday, and someday, both you and I will die. There may not be an obvious reason for someones death, but that does not mean there is not a plan.

    I suggest you read the Shack, as it deals very vividly with this, as it follows a man's loss of this daughter to a kidnapping, and his struggle to understand why God would let this happen.

    So I find it funny that People who believe in God, don't think that God's plan can include the murder, rape, or any number of other horrible things. These things don't happen because God doesn't care about his daughters and sons. And for the sake of not turning this into a theological discussion, I will leave out the concept of Satan. Bad things that happen, don't mean they are punishments. The biggest problem with this line of thinking, is thinking Death is a punishment. It isn't.

    Why could it not be part of God's plan for a 17 year old boy to die? Regardless of the how. The real negatives of his death, had less to do with his death, than what happened afterwards. Death threats, Slander, Hatred. It was tragic no doubt, that such a young man did not get to live a full life. But depending on his faith, and what he believed, maybe he is now in a much better place. So in the end, he isn't with us anymore and that is sad for his parents as they will have to deal with that. But for Him, it is a completion of part of his journey, depending on what your beliefs are.

    So I guess what I am saying in a long drawn out manner, is that people need to chill. Everyone is guilty of preconceived notions, it is part of how our brain works. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't actively be trying to look at things from another angle.

    If George says he feels it is Gods plan, that than is what he feels. If you believe he is untruthful, that is your choice, but please come up with a better reason, than because it is impossible for you to wrap your head around the concept of God's plans involving the death of innocents.

    • Sunsky

      "The Shack" was a badly written, senseless stack of drivel that I could not finish to the end. "God" is a debatable concept now and forever, but the God of those facing court proceedings such as an unprovoked murder is the God invoked in hindsight and desperation. If something is omniscient and omnipresent , such as has been described about God, I think scientists are honing in on the concept that "God" is actually a powerful energy that is the source of all life in all forms and possibly less personal than previously imagined. Called , the "God Particle" . A sustainer of life would need for the harmonious and congruent actions to keep a positive balance of ecosystems and interactions to uphold the most important basic principles of humanity and that is "Love" . Even an impersonal and omnipresent source that underlies the natural beauty of the earth to delight and nurture the creatures big and small would not need the action of a man holding a cold steel gun with an itchy trigger finger to kill an unarmed teen whose paths had absolutely no reason to intersect in such a way. Zimmerman played "God" that night, made a judgement and executed his own decision . People should never play God .

      • Sunsky…You wrote.."People should not play God." Good idea, but
        maybe we have no choice?

  • Rob S

    Where do I start? So many BS statements in your writing, it gives Atheism a bad name. Hey! Let's all get real emotional and let our bad experiences just hang out for everyone to see. That way we can condemn everything within 20 miles of belief in God. Jeez.
    1. God can't control your actions anymore than I can control your actions. You can't compel God anymore than God can compel you. That's for starters.
    Zimmerman doesn't want to be punished, neither does any criminal, and they'll toss out any preposterous excuse to get themselves a better, more lenient deal. Is that a surprise?
    2. It's too bad that you appear to have thrown out the baby along with the bath water. Do you fully understand that saying? If not:

    "Throw out the baby with the bath water is an idiomatic expression used to suggest an avoidable error in which something good is eliminated when trying to get rid of something bad, or in other words, rejecting the essential along with the inessential.

    A slightly different explanation suggests that this flexible
    catchphrase has to do with discarding the essential while retaining the
    superfluous because of excessive zeal.
    In other words, the idiom is applicable not only when it's a matter of
    throwing out the baby with the bath water, but also when someone might
    throw out the baby and keep the bath water."

  • Ann

    Why is it always God's plan and never Satan's?

    • Understanding soul

      Because then that would imply that God could not defend you against Satan. Meaning Satan would be stronger than God.

      So in the end it comes back to, in order for God to let Satan do something, it must be part of Gods plan. Otherwise you have to assume that God is not Omnipotent.

      Though I guess there are many ways you could look at it, the above two are the most obvious to myself though… But then it all becomes very deep theology, that cannot be correctly summarized by a short 9 word post on a Random Internet blog.

      Though for the sake of argument, if you were to assume that is was Satan's hand in this, than could it not be said that Satan brought these two together in what seems the perfect storm of events, that lead to a young man's death? I think it is silly to assume that Satan could only have been working through George, and not assume that Satan could have been working at Trayvon as well. I am assuming your comment meant George was influenced by Satan to Kill Trayvon, if this was not your meaning, Please disregard this comment.

      Regardless of what greater power had a role to play in this, I don't think that takes away from the concept that there was a series of bad choices, that lead to the Death of a Young man. Any number of things could have changed, and this would not have happened.. George Could have been sick that day, Trayvon could have been Grounded, George could have not had the urge to get out of his truck, Trayvon could have not had the urge to go to the store.

      But the fact is, because of decisions made over an hours span, someone died needlessly. I don't see how it is a stretch for people who believe in God, to want to think that there was some over arching reason for these events. I have personally found this is a common reaction for the people I come in contact with on a daily basis.

      So as I said in my last comment, I just think people need to chill. George made a comment, and only he knows what he meant by it. If he is untruthful, there is no way for you to know, unless he admits to it. But to say that you know he is full of sh!t because he chose to say he feels this is part of gods plan is just not accurate.

      • be not afraid of the one who can kill the body than there is no more they can do but be afraid of the one who can destroy the body and soul into hell fire.

    • Ann.
      Good question…My answer, simply because there is no Satan or God as some separate entity "out there"…which some religions would have us believe otherwise and so they pound that absurdity into our thoughtless minds.
      Paradoxically, if we believe that there are two such presences such as God and Satan…then they both exist withiin ourselves. More specific..in our individual (and collective) imagination. Nowhere else…NOW/HERE! (smile)
      "I have discovered the enemy, and it is us!"
      Consequently, if we don't learn to take full responsibility (not blame or fault) for ourselves, we will remain our own enemy. Some fun, eh?
      Donny Rotbardt (Life Coach)
      Abington, PA

      • Rose

        As a Christian, I could never understand the whole "God's will" and "God's plan" explanation for bad things happening. Or good things, really. Because I was taught that God gave us FREE WILL and with free will comes tremendous personal responsibility. That He gives us certain talents and abilities but it's up to us (hopefully with help from our families, friends, communities, etc.) to develop our gifts. But ultimately we exercise our free will in making our decisions and choosing our actions. Hurricane Katrina wasn't God's plan. the Haiti earthquake wasn't God's plan. Zimmerman shooting Martin wasn't God's plan. Zimmerman is dodging responsibility – maybe it's a coping mechanism, maybe it's a ploy – but he made choices that put him in that situation with Martin. He exercised his free will and he needs to be held responsible for it.

        • Rose, With all due respect, Christian or not, I agree with you about we humans having free will. And regardless if God gave us free will or not, it means we need to take full responsibility for our lives and our actions. And so IOM, Zimmerman is attempting to deny his responsibility and blame his actions on his God…whomever that might be? Either way, if Zimmerman does get the death penalty (which I'm against morally) I'd like to ask him in whose arm goes the "needle?" Him or his god? Thanks,

        • I don't usually agree with Xian claims, but here I agree with you only because I was taught the same thing growing up in an Xian family and I think he needs to own up to it and accpet the consequences. In no way do I see what Zimmerman did as being "God's will", but Zimmerman's will. He did it. No one, not even a god made him kill Trayvon. Zimmerman is just trying to avoid taking responsibility, whether one looks at from the Xian POV we grew up with or a Secular POV. It has always angered me when one claimed such a cop out for what they did and I cannot imagine worshipping such a god concept.

  • Either George Zimmerman is a complete idiot or maybe his "act of God" claim is a valuable lesson for the rest of us.
    For me by making some mythical God responsible for the killing of Trayvon, he's unconsiously pointing out one of the world's biggest mis-takes. And that is, too many of us are not taught to take personal responsibility for our lives and our acts.
    Excuse the refererence, if Zimmerman ever is executed for the killing, I wonder who's a** will lay on the gurney and receive the fatal injection…Zimmerman or god?
    Just religious thoughtlessness.
    Donny Rothbardt (Life Coach)
    Abington, PA

  • Getting tired of hearing and reading that Trayvon was an "unarmed minor".

    He attacked George from behind and was beating on the guy. 17 year olds are only still 'minors' by the coincidence of their birthday and are plenty capable of killing someone with their bare hands.

    Zimmerman was stupid for getting out of his vehicle and Martin was stupid for attacking him instead of leaving as he had already lost Zimmerman. Two stupid mistakes, one stupid tragedy.

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