George Zimmerman on Trayvon Martin shooting: ‘All God’s plan’

In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity that aired Wednesday, George Zimmerman said that he did not regret getting … Continued

In a Fox News interview with Sean Hannity that aired Wednesday, George Zimmerman said that he did not regret getting out of the car with a gun to follow 17-year-old Trayvon Martin on the February night the Florida teen was shot.

“I feel that it was all God’s plan, and for me to second-guess it or judge it … ” Zimmerman said, trailing off and shaking his head.

Zimmerman is charged with second-degree murder in Martin’s death.

“I can’t imagine what it must feel like. … I pray for them daily,” Zimmerman added of Martin’s parents.

Martin’s father, Tracy, responded to Zimmerman’s statement that their son’s death was part of a divine plan by telling the Associated Press:

An April Reuters profile of Zimmerman described him as coming from a “deeply Catholic background” and noted that he had served as an altar boy for a decade at All Saints Catholic Church in Manassas, Va.

In the wake of Martin’s shooting death, a number of church leaders around the country took to the pulpit in hooded sweatshirts “in Martin’s memory,” USA Today reported.

Seth Wenig

AP

Congregants wearing hoodies participate in a service at Middle Collegiate Church in New York on March 25. Church-goers were invited to wear hoodies to show their support for Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager who was wearing a hoodie the night he was killed by a neighborhood watch captain in Florida. (Seth Wenig/AP)

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  • archon41

    The ultimate mysteries of existence are a closed book to all of us. We are like Voltaire’s mice in a great cathedral, trying to reason out its purpose and origin. Those who turn to religious doctrine in an attempt to reconcile the tragedies of life with the concept of a Just God should not have their words twisted and reviled, as is being done here, with malicious intent. None of us have any of the answers, much less all the answers.

  • SPUD2

    Except for Zimmerman aka “God”.

  • melpol2

    Lying on your back while being beaten or raped, calls for personal intervention. Gang bangers would be in big trouble if their victims had a gun available. Zimmerman did what 99% of gun owners would do; he followed the dictates of survival and pulled the trigger. It sounds like Gods Plan.

  • drrmg

    It is instinctive to fight back when attacked. Ask the 10 year old girl who fought against an attempted kidnapping culprit a couple of days ago. My question: What was Zimmerman doing with HIS HANDS while Trayvon was banging his head more than a dozen times? No fight back? No bruises on GZ’s hands? No skin tissue underneath nails?

    Second observation: In listening to interviews with detectives, GZ describes an incident years earlier in a bar where there was a physical altercation between him and another guy. Guess what he says that guy asked him—“DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM?”

    HMMMM….JUST SAYING….

  • ggardener

    God’s plan may have been for Zimmerman to obey the 911 dispatcher and not follow Martin. but his self-will took over, along with wanting to be a hero. So now he has to spend his moneyall his money, along with donated money to defend himself, not knowing if he will be found guilty or not guilty. If he is found not guilty, he will have to find some other place to live, because living where he lives now would be hazardous to his health. In fact he probably will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life. This makes me wonder if he wishes he would have listened to that 911 dispatcher and let the police do their job.

  • ggardener

    God’s plan may have been for Zimmerman to obey the 911 dispatcher and not follow Martin. but his self-will took over, along with wanting to be a hero. So now he has to spend his moneyall his money, along with donated money to defend himself, not knowing if he will be found guilty or not guilty. If he is found not guilty, he will have to find some other place to live, because living where he lives now would be hazardous to his health. In fact he probably will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life. This makes me wonder if he wishes he would have listened to that 911 dispatcher and let the police do their job.

  • ggardener

    God’s plan may have been for Zimmerman to obey the 911 dispatcher and not follow Martin. but his self-will took over, along with wanting to be a hero. So now he has to spend his moneyall his money, along with donated money to defend himself, not knowing if he will be found guilty or not guilty. If he is found not guilty, he will have to find some other place to live, because living where he lives now would be hazardous to his health. In fact he probably will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life. This makes me wonder if he wishes he would have listened to that 911 dispatcher and let the police do their job.

  • ggardener

    God’s plan may have been for Zimmerman to obey the 911 dispatcher and not follow Martin. but his self-will took over, along with wanting to be a hero. So now he has to spend his moneyall his money, along with donated money to defend himself, not knowing if he will be found guilty or not guilty. If he is found not guilty, he will have to find some other place to live, because living where he lives now would be hazardous to his health. In fact he probably will be looking over his shoulder for the rest of his life. This makes me wonder if he wishes he would have listened to that 911 dispatcher and let the police do their job.

  • DP552

    It’s chilling, and disappointing, and fascinating at the same time, to see the emotional, even rabid, clashes among American citizens, and various social and political groups, over all of this. This judicial case is really just another local matter that has made its way into the Florida justice system. On its face, this is surely a tragedy, but the facts of this case are hardly any worse than so much of the deadly violence in America.

    Any fair observer would likely agree, for instance, that some very deep institutional, social and economic crisis is afoot in the Chicago area, where murder is up some 40 percent over a year ago, and most victims are black. I’m not aware of any telling crime trends in Sanford, Florida what might be relevant to the Martin killing, on the other hand. Also, the national statistics are available and clear on this point: most blacks who die violently in America (90+ percent) are killed by fellow blacks, and the murder of a black person by a white citizen in American is in fact a statistical rarity.

    And, when it comes to this case, Zimmerman is not exactly white, as we know. Biologically, he’s half Hispanic. And, as Zimmerman revealed in this controversial interview, English is his second language. About the events of that fateful evening, we now know that the FBI has concluded that it’s investigation and it found no evidence of a racial motives on the part of Zimmerman, and the same study furthermore found no racism flags in Zimmerman’s past. Let me repeat that: the Obama administration’s FBI (under the direction of the Justice Department) came to these conclusions.

    That FBI news item, first reported just a few days ago, seems to have fallen on a lot of deaf ears. It seems to me that the public debate over this is loudest among those who yell that this is about racism at its core, only to be shouted down by a lot of folks who don’t buy the racism charge, and feel such charges are some sort of reverse racism.

    All in all, it seem

  • mikey’slife

    Zimmerman’s main problem is he just doesn’t appear too bright. Does he realize that at some point he is going to have to testify? Whether it is at a SYG hearing or his trial. To assert either a self-defense or a SYG defense, he is the one that has to make the case.
    He has to be credible. He has made some serious mistakes. First, by misleading the court about his finances and his passport. Then he goes on national TV and states he has no regrets. Really? His life is in turmoil, he doesn’t have a job and is running out of money. His wife is in legal jeopardy. His life is in jeopardy. Some people would probably like to kill him. What employer will ever take a chance of hiring him. So he has no regrets?
    If I were to shape the answer, he should at least said that he regrets ever trying to protect his neighborhood. That he should have just gone to Target. That just trying to be a good neighbor has cost him too much.
    He needs to start listening to smarter people that can get through to him that his actions are hurting his case.
    Darwin was right.

  • tpaul1

    I didn’t know Jesus was packing.

  • PoliticoMom

    Zimmerman is manipulative. He’s using God as his platform. Did God also tell him he should try and deceive the court by hiding money he received through PayPal? Was it God’s plan that he should have his wife charged with perjury? Invoking God for the mess he created is a cop out, a refusal to “man up”, and a desperate attempt to lure more money to pay for his living expenses and attorney.

    Zimmerman had choices. He made bad ones. Now he wants to blame God. That’s what he is doing. Who is he to suggest this was God’s plan? As a Christian I find this incredibly offensive. Zimmerman is a liar and a manipulator.

  • ONE NATION

    Why would you trust a person that lied ?

  • Christopher Charles

    You wonder “… if he wishes he would have listened to that 911 dispatcher and let the police do their job….” Zimmerman says he has no regrets… not for being a liar, manipulator, user, deceiver, loser, and a murderer. He’s a sick and dangerous person. You are too, if you believe anything he says.

  • ThePartiesAreTheProblem

    He was the neighborhood watch captain. He knows the rules and he knows the reason for the rules. Neighborhood watch people are not supposed to pursue suspects, because it’s dangerous. There are examples where he followed those guidelines previously, so he can’t plead ignorance. Whether he heard the dispatcher or not, he knew what the proper procedure was and he ignored it.

  • PhilyJimi

    As an atheist I often hear form theists what is the harm of someone believing in god? Where is the harm? It is a good thing.

    Well ladies and gents, when you turn off your logic and reasoning and thing everything that just happens is part of some kind of magic man in the sky’s master plan, you end up a big mess like this.

    BTW, if everything is part of the big G’s plan then how is it he gives us freewill? The whole thing makes no sense.

  • llawrence9

    ScottinVA.

    O.J. has to look over his shoulder at least while he is in the Lovelock
    Correctional Center. Parole could be as early as 2017, but release could be as late as 2041, if he is still alive.

  • jade_alpha

    The thing that amuses me as an atheist that you never hear Christians agreeing, maybe it was God’s plan, after all it was allowed to happen right? Maybe God wanted Trayvon Martin to get killed. After all they say the deaths of children from disease and famine is all part of God’s plan so why not something like this too?

  • PoliticoMom

    There’s really nothing amusing about any of this, but I get your point. That expression -it’s all part of God’s plan is a soothing technique – not an excuse or defense. God is not the scapegoatn for death and suffering of innocent people committed by guns, knives etc. You don’t hear anyone saying giving the mass murder in a Colorado movie theater the same courtesy – did he think it was “God’s will”? Man made suffering and “acts of God” are very different. The result of the Colorado shootings and the shooting of Trayvon Martin cannot be compared with acts of god or nature like accidents, tsunamis, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc. George Z, James Holmes and others who take lives stand on their own. God has nothing to do with their heinous acts. In these be a focal point to victims and their families.

    Zimmerman and O’Mara have really gone overboard by impying it was God’s will.

  • Casfuel90

    So, this is the country in which we live: lots of guns easily accesible with owners who believe that their actions in using them are vetted by the creator of the universe. Great. . .

  • PoliticoMom

    I wonder if the guy in Colorado will use Zimmerman’s logic. It was God’s plan. Too much violence in movies, too much pressure in real life, so God’s plan is that I should purchase guns on a school grant, ammunition, and body armor….then go gun down a bunch of people who were doing no harm.

    Here’s my rant: The person holding the gun has all the choices. The unarmed victim has none. Don’t call it self-defense or God’s will if you are packing heat because it’s absurd.