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Can we forgive Paula Deen?

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http://www.cnn.com - Once a racist, always a racist? Will bigots always be bigots?



Or can people truly evolve over time for the better? And if they do, should we applaud their metamorphosis and welcome them back?



The easy answer -- as we are seeing with Paula Deen -- is to quickly label the person a racist for past insensitive remarks and cast her out to the fringes of society. But that's not the best answer for our nation.





I say this as a person who been called racist slurs on numerous occasions. I'm of

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Jonah Lehrer's Sick, Cynical Quest For Forgiveness Gets A Book Deal

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http://www.forbes.com - If you don’t go away, they’ll never miss you, the saying goes. It’s hard to imagine that anyone has missed Jonah Lehrer much in the 10 brief months since his career flamed out over revelations that he’d made up quotes, plagiarized from other writers and recycled his own work.



As if that weren’t already a compressed timeframe for a comeback, there was his ill advised — and handsomely compensated — speech before the Knight Foundation in February to remind us all that he still exists and retain

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Grieving woman offers forgiveness at man's sentencing

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http://tvnz.co.nz - A grieving nurse moved a courtroom to tears as she delivered a powerful statement of the power of forgiveness to transform hate into healing.



Hera Edwards' partner of 10 years and the father of her three girls, Ricki Cobb, died when he was hit by a jackknifing trailer towed by Donald Stewart Wills, 64, near Greytown, on November 5, 2011.



Yesterday's sentencing hearing in the Masterton District Court followed a restorative justice process.



The victim impact statement that Edwards read o

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Houston man seeks forgiveness for killing nun

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http://www.khou.com - HOUSTON -- Marcos Garza knows a lot of people would lock him up and throw away the key; but, he’s still asking for forgiveness.



When Garza was 19 years old, he killed a Catholic nun while he was driving drunk in south Houston.



Garza is now 21 years old.



He pleaded guilty to intoxication manslaughter and was sentenced to eight years in prison.



The South Houston High School graduate killed Sister Therese Huang Do when he smashed his truck into her car two years ago.



It happened on

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This is What Forgiveness Looks Like

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http://storylineblog.com - On May 20, 2012, 18 year-old Takunda Mavima was driving home drunk from a party when he lost control and crashed his car into an off-ramp near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Riding in the car were 17 year-old, Tim See, and 15 year-old, Krysta Howell. Both were killed in the accident.



Takunda Mavima lived.



Mavima pleaded guilty to all charges and was sentenced to between 30 months and 15 years in prison.



Despite their unimaginable grief and anger, both the sister and the father of victim, Tim

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Hopping Roller Coasters: A Tale of Forgiveness and Healing

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http://psychcentral.com - Rachel Pappas’s memoir, Hopping Roller Coasters, details the unpredictable story of a mother and daughter who must cope with their mood disorders, until they can reach a place of mutual understanding that gives way to a stronger relationship with each other. Though I found the content to be emotionally painful at times, I think it’s an insightful read. Pappas provides us with an important takeaway message that revolves around genuine forgiveness and a path for healing.



Rachel’s story highlig

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Christian Concept of Forgiveness Made 'BioShock Infinite' Better

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http://www.christianpost.com - A conversation with an employee, who was apparently a Christian and wanted to quit over religious differences, helped Ken Levine, the creative director of the upcoming videogame "BioShock Infinite," connect with the Christian concept of forgiveness and thereby improve the story.



An employee working on Irrational Games' third installment of the BioShock series was so offended by the religious themes of a certain scene that he sought to quit the company immediately after completing his playthr

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Elder Craig A. Cardon: 'The Savior Wants to Forgive'

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http://www.deseretnews.com - Elder Craig A. Cardon of the Seventy began his remarks Saturday morning with the story of the bedridden, paralyzed man who comes to Christ for healing and the Savior declares, "Man, thy sins are forgiven thee." When the Pharisees accuse the Savior of blasphemy, He responds, "But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, [He then turned to the paralyzed man] I say unto thee, Arise, and take up they couch, and go into thine house" (Luke 5:22-23).



"With this mi

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Avoid the Apology Tour, Be Proactive

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http://associationsnow.com - We all make mistakes—it’s human nature. But often, how we react to those mistakes is what’s important.



That’s the focus of the third annual Temkin Forgiveness Ratings, a study examining the likelihood that a consumer will forgive a company if it makes a mistake. Advantage Rent A Car and USAA earned the most forgiveness from their customers, according to the survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers and 246 companies across 19 industries. Television service providers, internet service providers, and wi

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Congregation to confessed killer: "We do forgive you"

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http://www.wokv.com - It’s a surprising message to come from one local congregation mourning the loss of their Apostle.



“Sometimes it may take a little more prayer, a little more fasting, whatever it takes- but we know ultimately the bible commands us to forgive,” says Glorious Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith Assistant Pastor Michael Girard.



Pastor JH Bowser was beaten to death with a hammer Tuesday afternoon in a church-affiliated house on N. Market Street. 24-year-old Terrence Wright

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