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Can we forgive Paula Deen?

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - 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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Fathers and Forgiveness

forgiveness on Family - Father’s Day for them might be less about celebration than about sadness and frustration, if not anger. I frequently meet children on assignment in troubled areas who have been abandoned by fathers. They are being raised by a single parent, extended family, or, most concerning, the street. Sometimes children fare well. Often, I can see loneliness or anger on their faces before they are even old enough to identify the emotion.

My mother's father passed away when she was a child. A memory th

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Nelson Mandela’s Rare Spirit of Forgiveness is SA’s Peace Today

forgiveness on Politics - Nadia Bilchik is a CNN editorial producer. In the piece below, she says the peace in South Africa today comes from Nelson Mandela’s rare spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. Daily Times of Nigeria culled the material from CNN.

I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1964, the year Martin Luther King Jr. was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Civil Rights Act was passed in the United States, and Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison.

Mine was a relatively idyllic childho

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

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - 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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Rio Mayor Paes Begs Forgiveness After Roughing Up Musician

forgiveness on Politics - The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, apologized today after a physical altercation with a musician in a restaurant.

Paes was dining at a restaurant located in the leafy Jardim Botanico neighborhood this weekend when Bernardo Botkay, an author and musician known as Botika, began hurling insults including “turd” and “bum” at him.

Botkay alleges that Paes approached him and punched him in the face, according to his Facebook page. Paes said the insults resulted in an argument and an ens

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Grieving woman offers forgiveness at man's sentencing

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - 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

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - 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

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - 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

forgiveness on Miscellaneous - 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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Balkman remorseful, asks forgiveness

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MANILA, Philippines - Petron import Renaldo Balkman went from hero to heel in throwing a tantrum late in the Blaze Boosters’ 83-73 loss to Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Friday but appealed for a chance to redeem himself in a public apology expressing remorse and regret after the blow-up.

Balkman was the league’s leading scorer with a 28.2 clip before facing Alaska but could only deliver six points against the Aces. The win brought Alaska back to th

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