Slain teens parents remove noose from killer's neck

jkcerda

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The mother of Balal, a convicted killer awaiting execution in the northern Iranian city of Nowshahr, pleads for forgiveness from the victim's family on Tuesday. NBC News was unable to verify details of the incident reported by British newspaper The Guardian and Iran's semi-official news service Isna.



Balal, who reportedly stabbed-to-death 18-year-old Abdolah Hosseinzadeh in a street fight in 2007, is led to the gallows to be executed on Tuesday




Abdolah Hosseinzadeh’s mothers slaps Balal, who was convicted of her son's murder in the northern city of Nowshahr on Tuesday. In Iran, a victim's family is able to participate in hangings by pushing aside the chair the convicted stands on. In this case, Hosseinzadeh's parents removed the noose from Balal's neck and spared his life, The Guardian reported.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/photo/slain-teens-parents-pick-redemption-not-revenge-iran-n83236

doubt I would be able to do the same.
 

roadbloc

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I'm glad she did it. An eye for an eye only makes the world blind after-all. Good on her.
 

Peace

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I don't think this has anything to do with "religion".
The Country/Government of Iran is based on "religion"..

The guy asked for "forgiveness". A concept usually associated with "religion".

The mother removed the noose. In essence "forgiving" him.

It has everything to do with "religion".
 

Astroboy907

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Look at the two posts above me.
It's not that they have a problem with it, it's just that they would find it hard to do an act so forgiving as this. Should we all be able to forgive like this? Yes. Will we all? Likely not. I fear sometimes that satisfaction of earthly revenge will often win out over the action of forgiveness.

So I doubt that they have a problem with forgiveness, but would find it very hard to forgive given the same situation. Now I'm by no means a parent, but I'm betting any parent would be hard pressed to do what these parents did. At this point it becomes "loving your enemy", I mean this guy killed their son, and yet they let him go? That takes a whole lot of love.

They don't have a problem with it. They are simply reiterating how difficult it would be for anyone to do this. Not many are able to see past the atrocity committed, but these parents did.
 

jkcerda

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The Country/Government of Iran is based on "religion"..

The guy asked for "forgiveness". A concept usually associated with "religion".

The mother removed the noose. In essence "forgiving" him.

It has everything to do with "religion".
are you implying that Atheist don't understand the concept of forgiveness?

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It's not that they have a problem with it, it's just that they would find it hard to do an act so forgiving as this. Should we all be able to forgive like this? Yes. Will we all? Likely not. I fear sometimes that satisfaction of earthly revenge will often win out over the action of forgiveness.

So I doubt that they have a problem with forgiveness, but would find it very hard to forgive given the same situation. Now I'm by no means a parent, but I'm betting any parent would be hard pressed to do what these parents did. At this point it becomes "loving your enemy", I mean this guy killed their son, and yet they let him go? That takes a whole lot of love.

They don't have a problem with it. They are simply reiterating how difficult it would be for anyone to do this. Not many are able to see past the atrocity committed, but these parents did.
Thank you.:)
 

bradl

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are you implying that Atheist don't understand the concept of forgiveness?
Not for nothing, but not believing in religion doesn't equate to not understanding the concepts of religion.

BL.
 

yg17

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When have I ever in my short history on PRSI claim to be a Christian? Bite your tongue. I'm an evangelical atheist.

As an atheist, I definitely support the death penalty.
Funny, as an atheist, I am definitely against the death penalty in all circumstances.
 

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Nice move. I think it makes all the difference if you've grown up in a country like Iran that has the death penalty and are accustomed to the practice or not, especially when it comes to watching or even participating in the execution. I can't even imagine witnessing an execution as I imagine it to be a traumatizing event, I don't believe in "reward (or 'equalization'(?)) by revenge". But I can imagine the pressure and emotions that the family went through here and it certainly must have been a very hard decision.
 

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When have I ever in my short history on PRSI claim to be a Christian? Bite your tongue. I'm an evangelical atheist.

As an atheist, I definitely support the death penalty.
Sorry. My mistake.

Funny, as an atheist, I am definitely against the death penalty in all circumstances.
I don't blame you, and I completely understand why.
You understand why another person is against the death penalty yet you don't understand why the mother took the noose off.

Please explain this to me since I don't seem to understand.
 

aerok

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It would be very hard but I think I would try to forgive but cannot confirm as I have never been in a similar situation and probably never will.

But I'm also against death penalty but then again my beliefs would be different growing up in Iran most likely...
 

iBlazed

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You understand why another person is against the death penalty yet you don't understand why the mother took the noose off.

Please explain this to me since I don't seem to understand.
When did I say I don't understand why the mother took the noose off? All I'm saying is that I completely understand why someone would be against the death penalty, but I happen to disagree with them. Nothing more, nothing less. Just because I hold one view, doesn't mean that I can't understand the mentality of the opposing view.