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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Thursday, March 10, 2005

Justice. . . ?

Indiana is, by and large, a good place to live. Oh, we have our quirks and idiosyncracies, certainly; but Hoosiers are generally friendly, practical sorts. I'm usually pleased to say this is my home: where I was raised, and where I am raising my children.

Today, reading this. . . not so much.

State-sanctioned execution, even of someone guilty of the crimes this man committed, is still murder. In this case, murder done in my name and on my behalf-- as well as the rest of the citizens of my state.

Sweet Jesus, have mercy on us all.


Blogger Mark said...

I want to comment, but sometimes there isn't much that can be said...

March 10, 2005 7:09 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not all killing is evil. For example: killing Hitler would have saved millions and would have been a morally righteous thing to do. That's an extreme example of course but it illustrates the point. Assuming this man was in fact guilty of the crimes he committed he deserved his punishment. - Enyclopedia-1.com

March 12, 2005 10:15 AM  

Blogger Clueless Christian said...

I oppose the death penalty, mostly because it cuts short time for repentance, and is inconsistently applied among the races.

However it does surprise me that the same "progressives" who wring their hands over the death penalty, and over the concept of a "just" war, are blase about the murder of infants shortly before birth. Similarly, such "progressives" seem to be less excercised about euthanasia or Terri Schiavo (who is NOT in a persistent vegitative state, but merely severely disabled) than about convicts.

It seems to me that the main problem here is not the murder, for far more "innocent" lives are being lost. Instead, what Jane appears to be upset about is not murder, but the "judgementalism" of deciding that somebody's crimes (whether a convicted murderer, or Saddam Hussain) are worthy of death.

March 14, 2005 9:03 AM  

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