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: