Crime Time

Convicted felon (and former Illinois governor) George Ryan wants a pass out of the pen to visit his dying wife. This is just the latest request of Ryan, whose endemic corruption while in office cost lives, squandered the public treasury, and violated the public trust. Ryan, who was oh so slow to admit any responsibility for his misdeeds, has pleaded unsuccessfully for clemency from two presidents. Now this latest effort.

Make no mistake, I feel sympathy for his wife. But Ryan is a crook and should receive no special treatment. Isn’t justice supposed to be blind? Of course the situation is heart-breaking and tragic. What con wouldn’t want to get out, even for 24 hours? But as they say, don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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