Sunday, April 04, 2004

Members of the Zovko clan said they still did not know whether Jerry Zovko's strapping, six-foot-four frame was among the two bodies that were strung up on a bridge over the Euphrates River. They are wrestling with outrage and grief, juxtaposed with a desire to forgive, based on their Catholic faith.

"We can't hate," Mrs. Zovko said. "Hate is a sin."

But there is rage below the surface.

"Whoever did this were less than animals," said Jure Zovko, 29, Jerry Zovko's cousin. "You read the articles, and you read children were involved. If their parents taught these children to hate like this, you think, 'What does their future hold?' "

Hate is a sin But is it always? Is it really? And what of the saying,"There's a thing line between love and hate?" I may venture to say that it's not the hate that's a sin, it's how you respond to the feelings of hate and rage.

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