On the subject of…arrest logs

Published: Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 08:58 AM.

Before anyone gets all up-in-arms like Glenn Beck watching ‘Noah’ let me be clear, I’m not blasting the Sheriff’s office by any means, nor am I absolving this girl of any wrongdoing. At the end of the day prostitution is illegal and the fine men in uniform were only doing their job when they arrested this girl. She broke the law, and whether or not I think the law is unjust is a moot point. My qualm was, and is, with the Scarlett Letter-esque posting of such arrests on the Facebook page.

It’s such a perverse thing we do as a community. To gawk at the souls who have, for one reason or another, have chosen to make a poor decision that will undoubtedly affect them for a good portion of their lives; We feed into this disgusting trap, we buy those trashy Bay County Mugshot magazines and visit the mug shot page on the GCSO page with a twisted desire to feel better about ourselves. If this truly is a nation founded on Christian principles then I ask, where is the compassion? Where is the forgiveness?  Or would it be more appropriate to line the criminals up and just metaphorically stone them with shame? 

Loren Siprell is a resident of Port St. Joe

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