The link below will take you to a news story updating us all on the Genarlow Wilson case. To recap, this now 21 year old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a sexual indiscretion with an underage girl, albeit consensual. The Georgia Supreme Court ordered Wilson released, calling his sentence cruel and unusual punishment, and too harsh for the offense.
Now we could probably agree on the sentence being too severe for the offense, but what has continued to strike me about this case is that there seems to be no acknowledgement that what Wilson and this girl did was wrong -- at least from what we read in the media. In the story linked below, it speaks of Wilson addressing the congregation at a Baptist church. Nowhere in the story do you read anything about Wilson saying that he did something he ought not to have done. No mention by anyone that a sin had been committed. It is certainly possible that this was said from the platform, but it certainly hasn't been said in any news story I have read about this matter. The flap over the unduly harsh sentence has taken over entirely from the matter that unmarried young people ought not to be engaging in sex, and most CERTAINLY not videotaping the act.
One does not excuse bad behavior or an unfair judgment by pointing to other bad behavior. It would have been wonderful if it had been said clearly, "Yes, my sentence was unjust, but what I did was wrong, and I repent."
The culture's inherent narcissism seems to have won out again.