Excellent! I'm going to add it to my post.
Thanks Heather. What always gets lost in these fusillades is that it's important for us to have rationale discussions about what constitutes compassion and mercy. Is mercy always a passive thing as would be suggested by our religious leaders - something to be blamed one or passed off to a higher power? That certainly makes it easier on us. I don't have the answers but it's something worthy of discussion.