The capacity for compassion and forgiveness can reach almost unbelievable proportions.
The post-9/11 shooting spree by Mark Stroman was a predatory act of ghastly viciousness. To a Dallas County jury, the two lives that Stroman took demanded a sentence of death by injection.
But to a shooting victim who survived — a man who was targeted because of the color of his skin — the violence was a moment of confused, misguided hatred.
It’s time for the hate to stop, says Rais Bhuiyan, a native of Bangladesh…
…He attributes his conviction to his Islamic faith and his willingness to forgive. Ironically, it was that religious faith that Stroman targeted when he started staking out shopkeepers he assumed to be believers in Islam after Sept. 11, 2001.