I am sincerely sorry for my actions, and will never do it again
I will forgive you because of your repentance, and because of my duty to God.
Jewish beliefs on forgiveness
Mom, will you forgive me for hitting that kid at school today?
You must ask the child you hit for forgiveness. I cannot forgive you for something you didn't do to me.
Buddhist beliefs on forgiveness
Do you forgive me for misbehaving?
Yes, I forgive you as long as you realize what you have done wrong, and to keep the peace of our family.
Based on the responses from people who identify mainly with the Christian faith in the symposium, Christians believe that if a person asks for forgiveness, and repents their sin then it is the duty of that person to grant them forgiveness. It is their duty to forgive others in order for their sins to be forgiven by God.
Most responses from people who are Jewish argue not to forgive Karl. Many Jewish respondents believe that it would not have been right for Simon to forgive Karl as he is not a direct victim of Karl, and he is also does not have the right to represent all of the victims. In the Jewish fate there are steps to earning forgiveness, and the person must ask for forgiveness from their victims, and then God. Therefore many believe that he does not deserve forgiveness.
In some of the other religious responses including response by the Dalai Lama, a Buddhist, they too believe that Karl should be forgiven. In Buddhism their culture highly values nonviolence, and compassion. Therefore it is believed that Karl should be forgiven by Simon, for the sake of peace, and the sake of Simon's peace of mind.