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Hug seen around the world: Botham Jean’s brother forgives officer convicted of murder

By Bobby Ross Jr. | GetReligion

Stunning.

Absolutely stunning.

That’s the only way to describe what happened in a Dallas courtroom Wednesday.

If you pay attention at all to the news, you know what I’m talking about, of course: the hug seen around the world.

The hug, as you know, followed an amazing gesture of forgiveness that nobody — absolutely nobody — saw coming.

Here’s how it played out on the front page of today’s Dallas Morning News, the local newspaper that has covered this story so well from start to finish:

Read the full column.

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All of my GetReligion columns (October 2019):

In Atlanta newspaper story on fired Catholic music minister, the villain and bad doctrine are clear. Published Oct. 1.

Hug seen around the world: Botham Jean’s brother forgives ex-officer who killed his brother. Published Oct. 3.

Friday Five: Forgiveness and justice, Scouting and faith, Tree of Life anniversary, Eric Metaxas. Published Oct. 4.

Reporters delve into Dallas judge giving Amber Guyger a Bible and urging her to read John 3:16. Published Oct. 7.

After a tragic shooting, a prayer at a Chick-fil-A in Nebraska draws a GetReligion reader’s interest. Published Oct. 9.

For a former newspaper religion editor, a Catholic clergy sex abuse case hits close to home. Published Oct. 10.

Friday Five: Dodger blues, religious freedom threat, Bathsheba raped?, judge’s faith, Chick-fil-A hero. Published Oct. 11.

Try telling this NBA player’s story without mentioning his faith? Actually, The Ringer did. Published Oct. 14.

Media ‘break out the pitchforks’ after Pompeo’s speech on ‘Being a Christian Leader.’ Published Oct. 16.

Obituary of powerful Congressman Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland haunted by religion ghosts. Published Oct. 17.

Friday Five: Elijah Cummings, Kurdish evangelicals, Tree of Life, viral forgiveness, open marriages/NYT. Published Oct. 18.

Chick-fil-A culture war goes international: What’s the real story in plans to close British location? Published Oct. 21.

Amid bush-league PR operation, Houston Astros could use some good – er, God – news. Published Oct. 23.

After haunted obit, AP produces solid piece on black church’s role in Rep. Elijah Cummings’ life. Published Oct. 24.

• Friday Five: Astros blunder, Chick-fil-A, SBC women profs, Ugandan justice, Jesus (really) saves. Published Oct. 25.

‘Bless these bats,’ says Nationals’ priest right before Washington’s World Series bats go cold. Published Oct. 28.

A scoop and solid coverage: Joe Biden denied Holy Communion over abortion support, paper reports. Published Oct. 29.

The single-most important word in WSJ’s fascinating portrait of Southern Baptists’ generational divide. Published Oct. 31.

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