I guess I’m one of those people that have an enquiring mind that has a need to know. The press is indeed doing its job. They are reporting every aspect of this crime and I for one am enlightened by the information that the times free press is giving. Surely some of the statements that some are giving may be false but, a lot of it is true. But it will all come out before this thing is over. Sensationalism, I think not, they are just reporting what comes out when it comes out, no more or no less. When something like this happens, well when anything happens, people have a tendency to choose sides, often before they know the facts and no matter what, they will believe whatever side they have chosen. If it turns out that the allegations about Rev. Strong are true, then that’s what we should accept, if they are proven false that is what we should accept. Before I jump to a conclusion, I will continue to read the papers to stay abreast of the latest development in this case with an open mind and let the chips fall where they may. No matter what comes out I still believe these who committed this brutal crime should get the maximum sentence prescribed by law.
I guess you may have figured out by now that I am also a member of the AME Church. And that’s why I have a wait and see attitude about this thing. I agree that these two perps deserve the death sentence that cannot be denied because Rev. Strong was a human being not deserving such a brutal death. I have known about the gay allegations for a long time but that is not the heart of the matter, the murder is. Remember that. What comes out comes out. That can’t be helped. The press will sensationalize this case we know this. All we can do is grin a bare it. And let the chips fall where they may.
OK let’s get for real here. Nobody here knows what really happened. We are all speculating. We have chosen sides in this case and our opinions flow to whatever side we have chosen. Some comments are downright radical. We talk about hate. I have read some comments here that display a lot of hate. I have read some that displayed a lot of compassion. The only thing that should matter is that a man was brutally murdered and that is the all that should matter. The police account gave what the investigators found at the scene of the crime, the coroner released his findings but, that only explained that the murder took place and how it happened and the condition of the body. It didn’t tell the details of why it happened. One of the perps told his side of the story and most of us assumed that he was lying because he’s an eleven time convicted felon. And because of that we assume that he can’t tell the truth. We have yet to hear Barnes side of the events leading up to the murder. And yes rumors are flying like wildfire and we at least some of us assume they are not true. Well as the song goes, nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors. In other words a gay person can stay in the closet till the day they die an no one would ever know it unless they choose to come out, look at some movie stars and recording artist. I guess what I’ trying to say here is that there is going to be a trial and it’ll all come out. And others may come forward and attest to the pastor’s lifestyle or to his wholesomeness. Either way the perps will be punished to the letter of the law. You can bet the farm on that.
Let’s start thinking and put our prejudices behind us. Now we know that the pastor did many good works in the community and was well liked. Now many of us are just listening to one side of this story and closing our ears to what Henry has to say. But what if Henry is telling the truth? What if this thing went down as Henry said, and what if the police check Rev. Strong’s bank account and find that $200 was drawn from it at the time near his death? This would put a different spin on the murder. What does Henry have to gain by lying? He’s going to jail either was it goes. I choose to believe the robbery version rather than the gay sex act version but, it’ll all come out in the wash. Let’s pray that justice will be served
(As Henry sat in jail on a $350,000 bond, his mother said she “would understand” her son, whom she calls Tony, robbing the preacher. But she said she couldn’t see him murdering the pastor “without a reason.”)
This man’s mother’s comment is troubling to me. Two of the ten commandment are thou shalt not steal and thou shalt not kill. If she has good moral character how can she understand her son robbing Rev. Strong when that too violates God’s law? In the eyes of God he’s on his way to hell even if he only robbed him. I don’t understand her way of thinking. And I don’t understand Henry killing the pastor for any reason. Where is her mind?
I don't know these young men who did this brutal crime to my good friend pastor Strong. But I will say, don't blame their parents. These young men could have been reared by loving caring people, but peer pressure could have sent them in the wrong direction in life. But in time like these we must stay in prayer for all involve especally Rev. Strong's mother.