Skip to comments.Vt. man offers burial plot for Boston bombing suspect
Posted on 05/07/2013 4:20:01 PM PDT by APatientMan
HARTFORD, Vt. -
"She was a Sunday school teacher. She taught me 'love thine enemy.' You can't always live up to that, but she would be standing right here beside me supporting what I am doing today if she were still alive," Paul Keane said, holding a picture of his mother.
The longtime former Hartford High school teacher, Paul Keane, says his mother is buried at the Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hamden, Conn. The Hartford, Vt., resident is offering to donate the empty plot next to his mother to bury the Boston Marathon Bomber.
He blogged, "I am willing to donate a burial plot next to my mother in Mt. Carmel Burying Ground to the Tsarnaev family if they cannot obtain a plot."
But for some Connecticut residents with loved ones buried in the cemetery, Keane's offer is offensive.
"It's a disgrace," one said. "A lot of these people who are here, including my father, fought for freedom for their country. My father was a war hero and people who are terrorists in this country should not be in this cemetery."
Keane says the offer was a matter of living up to his religious values.
"This person, no matter how much of a pariah, no matter how despicable, no matter what a leper he is-- is a human being and deserves the right to be buried like anyone else." Keane said.
Some of Keane's Vermont neighbors are also against his offer, and say the memories of the marathon are still too fresh and painful.
"A little kid was killed. That is pretty hard to swallow," neighbor Neil Potter said. "So, I have some pretty strong feelings about all that stuff, and I love this country and if anything happens to it, it offends me."
WCAX News also spoke with several other neighbors who are not opposed to Keane's offer and say it is simply a kind gesture and nothing more. The Tsarnaev family has received other offers for a burial space, so at this point it is not clear what locations are being considered.
Someone could make some money with bus tours to the gravesite and selling toilet paper to the passengers.
On the one hand it is/was our culture that allowed for compassion...our present day culture has degraded to the point that the idea of America is no longer possible. Khrushchev was right after all.
Cremate him and flush his ashes down a toilet at the nearest truck stop ... problem solved.
IMO, he is doing the right thing...he is seeing the “Bigger Picture”that we are all God’s beloveds....much like when Pope John Paul forgave his would be assasin...
If Tamerlane isn’t buried in an anonymous grave his resting place is forever going to be soiled by pig offal and human waste. That’s just the way it is in America.
I started with a similar response, but kept going back to “Keane says the offer was a matter of living up to his religious values.”
My Gram would have told me to not cast the first stone. Makes it dilemma to me.
Moronic jackasses all over New England are offering burial plots for this Muzzie POS. I guess all that “Boston Strong” stuff was nothing but bull****.
“On the one hand it is/was our culture that allowed for compassion...”
Agreed. It’s a paradox.
This whole thing is stupid. Even criminals and terrorists need to be buried somewhere. The terrorist’s family should pay for it. Having said that the cemetery owners are within their rights to refuse but I don’t understand why. Stick him in some unmarked grave somewhere and be done with it.
“Moronic jackasses all over New England are offering burial plots for this Muzzie POS.”
What would God want us to do, though. That’s the question. To me at least.
I don’t agree with what this guy is doing. I’m just not sure he’s wrong...
I'm glad this man is offering everyone involved a gracious way out.
P.T. Barnum said there’s a sucker born every day.
From Matthew: [And Jesus said] “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own.”
Or - they could just ship him to Detroit and they can put him in with all of the other unclaimed bodies that they have on ice. (Now THAT is a sad story).
“Stick him in some unmarked grave somewhere and be done with it.”
I guess that’s where I’m parked, too. He lost, we won. The war continues.
Well, it is a Christian cemetery. I doubt if the family will permit it.
“This whole burial side-show has been awful to watch.”
It is a side-show. I don’t think God wants us dancing on his grave - if we’re gracious enough to provide him one.
“P.T. Barnum said theres a sucker born every day.”
I’m not worried about PT Barnum. He and God can settle up however they need to.