George Zimmerman, the man charged with shooting unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February, has chalked up Martin’s death to being part of “God’s plan,” reports DCist. In his interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Zimmerman, who is currently free on a $1 million bond, disavowed himself of responsibility for the killing.
“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.
For the record, Zimmerman was raised a Catholic, even serving as an alter boy. Generally, Catholic churches preach free will over predestination and an acknowledgment of sins before forgiveness.
Despite his initial stance of no regrets, by the end of the interview, Zimmerman did acknowledge some misgivings. “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.” Perhaps something like not pursuing a scared teenager with a gun?
About that — according to the latest version of his story, Zimmerman insists that he did not continue to follow Martin after the 911 operator told him to stop. She had asked him for an address of his whereabouts, and Zimmerman claims he remained mobile while trying to find a definitive street number in order to pass along accurate information.
So when Zimmerman later admits he was still following Martin? “I meant that I was going in the same direction as him. I didn’t mean that I was actually pursuing him,” said Zimmerman. It was a coincidence that he was traveling a few paces behind Martin while trying to locate a concrete address, you see.
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.”
After the interview aired, Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, issued the following statement: “We must worship a different God because there is no way that my God would have wanted George Zimmerman to kill my teenage son.”
Photo Credit: Screen cap from Hannity