By S. Friedman, Matzav.com
There were many points brought up as reasons for not supporting Martin Grossman’s stay of execution, and would I like to address some of them.
He was a murderer
Martin did not commit a premeditated act. For some strange reason, Governor Crist felt that the fact that Martin tried to cover up the act after he committed the crime somehow equated that. He committed murder as a 19 year old while under the influence of drugs, was he expected not to try to get caught?
The issue of his IQ is not a minor one. That seems to have been what prompted Christian groups, including even the Pope to intervene on his behalf as well. Did he commit murder? Undoubtedly. Was he someone who was such a monster that society could not even tolerate his existence in a jail or mental institution? I think not.
How can you consider him a martyr and say Hy”d?
I personally wouldn’t, and if I cared to get caught in phraseologies such as that, I would ask Daas Torah if he indeed was considered one. People obviously felt compassion and pride that he had seemingly returned to his yiddishkeit instead of rotting out and further degenerating in jail.
If he had been a non Jew you wouldn’t care
Care? Actually, we wouldn’t even know about it. If you are such a person that concerns themselves with wrongdoings the world over, then perhaps his cause would appeal to you too. But he is a Jew, and we look out for our own. That’s not something to be ashamed of.
We’re in Golus, don’t make waves and try to tell the government what to do
We are in Golus, and it isn’t proper for Yidden to make a ruckus and in general we do not try to draw attention to ourselves. But we are a talking about saving a Jewish life. Should we give up on Jonathan Pollard so as not to seem prejudiced in the media’s eyes?
It is a tremendous Chillul Hash-m in the eyes of the victim’s family
Firstly, the Gedolim that signed onto this were well aware of that factor, and obviously deemed saving Martin’s life to take precedence. Also, I once saw a comment on a goyish newspaper explaining the concept of an eruv, and how the religious Jews try to (chas v’sholom) “trick G-d” into “thinking” that a public domain is really a private one. If we have something to do that is right, then we can’t change that because some anoy yehudim will condemn us for it
Stop saying everything is Anti-Semitism
I wouldn’t say that the execution had anything to do with Anti-Semitism. The judgment was handed down many years ago, and when the time came to actually carrying out his sentence, then people came in to try and save his life (not pardon him). I would say that if anything other than the judicial system influenced this case, it was that the victim was a government worker, and they feel they have to take an extra harsh stand (which I can’t blame them for doing). If people are caught up with faulting the government, then I believe they are wrong. We had to try out best, and we did.
After reading so many people’s comments to the effect of “being embarrassed,” and “he got what he deserved,” and to the general bitterness of those who themselves deemed Martin as unworthy of saving(living), I came to the following conclusion. You can’t tolerate being moved. You can’t acknowledge a cause to be worthy of making your heart sink, or conversely to open your hearts to inspiration. Instead you come up with “brilliant” comments and rebuttals, and prefer being complacent on your high loft and not having to actually feel or do anything as a response to any situation.
It is the same commentators who try to dismiss any happening that stir emotions amongst those in our community as being “naïve” or “fanatical.” The notion that anyone should have to improve, take action, or change seems to abhor you. If you choose to live your life tightly protected by layers of denials and mockery, then ultimately it is you who lose.