Mr. Feely-touchy reaches out to you and me

Apparently Terry Nichols, the Oklahoma City bomber, is prepping for a new career as an inspirational speaker:

Speaking publicly for the first time, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols on Monday asked survivors and families of victims for forgiveness and offered to correspond with them if they felt it would help them cope with the 1995 bombing that killed 168 people.

The slight, bespectacled Nichols made his comments at his sentencing to life in prison on a state conviction of 161 charges of first-degree murder, as well as charges of conspiracy and arson.

My heart truly goes out to all the victims, survivors and anyone who has been affected by the Oklahoma City bombing,” he said. “Words cannot adequately express the sorrow I have had over the years for the grief that so many have endured and continue to suffer. I am truly sorry for what occurred.”

Nichols read calmly from a prepared statement as he sat in the witness stand, his ankles and wrists shackled, the word “INMATE” stamped in large black letters on the back of his blue-gray prison suit. He asked for forgiveness and said he had found “a real and personal relationship with God through … Jesus Christ.”

I do pray that for many, that this day will be the beginning of their long-awaited healing process,” said Nichols, 49. “And I pray that all who hold any hatred, bitterness and unforgiveness toward me, that they will find in their hearts to forgive me, as others have done, for this is the first stage toward true healing.”

And of course, those of us who refuse to forgive him will be damned to everlasting hellfire, and he will look down on us pityingly as he sits at Jesus’ right hand.