People were outraged, but then again, society seems to live in a constant state of outrage these days.
If you missed the news, the outrage was over the fact that Colin Thatcher had been invited to the most recent opening session of the Saskatchewan legislature by his long-time friend, MLA Lyle Stewart.
The outrage, of course, was due to the fact that Thatcher, a former Saskatchewan cabinet minister, had been convicted of murdering his ex-wife, Jo-Ann Wilson, in 1984. Thatcher served 22 years of his life sentence before being paroled in 2006.
The feeling of some was that it was totally inappropriate to extend the invite to a convicted murderer. In the words of one reporter, “He never apologized. He never accepted responsibility. He never acknowledged the murder for which he had been convicted.”
And the reporter was correct; in fact, for the past 39 years, Colin Thatcher has professed his innocence. Since his parole 16 years ago, Thatcher has lived a quiet, crime-free, violence-free life.
We are told that forgiveness or punishment are the two options when someone does wrong.
Apparently, when you are Colin Thatcher, it seems that not only is forgiveness not possible, but even paying the price isn’t enough for many people.
Have a great week, and remember: To see what is really possible, you will have to attempt the impossible.