Our fine nation will be holding its 1,000th execution since the death penalty was reinstated some time this week. There are few ways in which our nation is worse. One is never in the right to kill another person. The fact that we as a nation (64% of us, according to the article) don’t understand that is sad beyond comprehension.
A quote in the article from Steven Stewart, a prosecutor from Indiana, illustrates the backwards thinking that goes on in the wee little minds of death penalty supporters:
“There are some defendants who have earned the ultimate punishment our society has to offer by committing murder with aggravating circumstances present,” he said. “I believe that life is sacred. It cheapens the life of an innocent murder victim to say that society has no right to keep the murderer from ever killing again.”
It’s amazing that the words “I believe that life is sacred” can come out of the mouth of somebody who supports this particular brand of barbarism. If you are at all in favor of the death penalty for any reason, you by definition don’t believe that life is sacred. The fact that we have people who don’t grasp this very basic fact trying criminals and writing our laws horrifies me.
I hope one day we get in line with the rest of the right-thinking world and do away with the death penalty. Until then, here’s Amnesty International’s death penalty page and Wikipedia’s death penalty page.