Tony slowed, so that he was walking beside me, and staring up at the afternoon sky, he said that God looked over him, and although in the eyes of our creator he was far from perfect, there were millions of people who were doing worse things than stealing frozen pizzas or pickpocketing tourists. There were people who were raping, murdering and buggering children. Then there were people who were blowing up aeroplanes and buildings. Those people, Tony thought, were God's priority.
I momentarily felt cold. A strange kind of coldness. I think it was because of Tony's reference to God. Did my friend really believe that he was better than a rapist or paedophile, because his only crimes were stealing pizzas or pickpocketing? Was he not also a racist, a compulsive liar and a violent thug? Did he not laugh when three black youths were violently stabbed to death a few months before, because they had been in the wrong place at the wrong time? Did he not spray racist comments on walls? Did he not attack a man with a broken bottle, because he had nothing better to do?
This man is clearly insane.
Anthony Joy - a thief and a thug - believes that God is on his side.
Extract taken from "The Londoners 2 - After Love Comes Hate" Part 2 of "The Londoners" trilogy.
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