(Originally published on TruthRevolt)
Nothing is sacred to Leftists, so seething with hatred, that they’ve no qualms desecrating the home of a Navy veteran and lighting his children’s beds on fire.
The incident occurred in Plant City, Florida, early Tuesday morning at the home of Naval veteran Matthew Smith. A neighbor phoned him to say that fire trucks had been dispatched after the house had been set ablaze. Fortunately, Smith and his family were not at home at the time.
This is depressing, and I’m not referring to the list of alleged crimes committed against the Smiths and their home. No, it’s the readers’ comments that concern me. I’ve been on the web since 1995, and even though I know by now that I shouldn’t be, I am still astonished at how quickly members of the “guilty-until-proven-innocent” crowd begin accusing the victims. I admit to questioning some aspects of this story, as they have been reported. But I know that writers often rush to publish before all the facts are in, and when the smoke has cleared, certain details have usually been reported wrongly.
Matthew Smith is a veteran of the United States Navy and, as far as I know, he served honorably. I know nothing else about him or his family and the article gives little more personal information about them. What proof then, do a few anonymous keyboard jockeys have in order to accuse the Smiths of perpetrating the crime themselves? What do they know that I don’t?
Brace yourself for the brilliance…
Evidently it’s because previous, similar incidents have turned out to be fraudulent. Yes, you read that correctly. Because the Smiths are the victims of a crime similar to other fraudulent – and completely unrelated – incidents perpetrated by the supposed “victims”, they can legitimately be viewed as suspects while what remains of their family home still smoulders.
This says a great deal about the world-view of those who write such nonsense; however, they have the right to make fools of themselves. And, in America, the accused still have the presumption of innocence, no matter how bad things may look. Especially if they’re also the victims, in my humble opinion.
But like clockwork, the worst smug, self-righteous trolls come crawling out from beneath their bridges to leave grimey, digital fingerprints in the Comments sections of stories like this. Ostensibly so that they’ll be able to say I told you so in the event that a victim is found to be the perp, pointing back to their comment as proof of their brilliant foresight. These people honestly think it’s acceptable to kick people when they’re down; to arrest and jail them on personal suspicion alone, try them while giving them zero ability to defend themselves, find them guilty, convict, and punish them in the court of public opinion before the real-life investigation by the appropriate authorities has even begun!
In the Book of John, when the woman caught in adultery was brought before Jesus, the Scribes and Pharisees had irrefutable proof of her guilt. She’d been caught in the act and they had every right under the Law to stone her to death. Instead, Jesus said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her”. (John 8:7, NASB)
When did public accusation based on nothing become de rigueur in America? Where has civility gone? Is it simply that social media invites everyone to leave anonymous opinions, and by this point in the current year, it’s just gotten beyond a joke? At least the Scribes and Pharisees had proof of the woman’s guilt when they accused her publicly. Those who leave spurious, accusatory comments have nothing but their own suspicious minds as evidence.
Perhaps I should cut them some slack for the simple reason that they’re forced to live with themselves, which would be enough to turn the kindest soul into a miserable wretch. Besides, only the One Who is without sin has the right to cast stones. And He never even picked one up.