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Should ISIS Be Forgiven for Its Deeds?

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A child in a refugee camp in Iraq (Illustrative photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
A child in a refugee camp in Iraq (Illustrative photo: KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Should ISIS be forgiven for its deeds? That is the question being posed in response to a video (see below) that went viral of a young Christian girl named Myriam from Iraq whose home and entire environment was shattered by ISIS.

The girl, who was interviewed by SAT7 Network, tells how she is grateful to God for not letting ISIS kill her and her family. When asked what her feelings are toward those who drove her out of her home, Myriam says, “I won’t do anything to them. I will only ask God to forgive them.”

Before we ask you, our readers, for your opinion, let us discuss for a moment what forgiveness really is. The dictionary says to forgive means “to stop feeling angry or resentful toward (someone) for an offense, flaw, or mistake.”

That definition clearly puts forgiveness in the court of the person wronged and, one could argue, a vehicle to move beyond the pain and suffering caused by the perpetrator. Long after the deed is done, forgiveness can be the means to move beyond being stuck in the mire of victimhood.

Yet, the dictionary also provides synonyms to the word “forgive” which include words like “pardon, excuse, exonerate, absolve.” These words speak to the moral agency of the perpetrator (i.e., letting them off the hook) and are an entirely different concept.

Please take a moment to think about the concept of forgiveness, watch the video and then answer our poll below: Should ISIS be forgiven?

 

 

Should ISIS be forgiven?

 

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