Sunday, May 31, 2009

Texas keeps murdering

One of the big reasons why I was very much opposed to George W. Bush even before he ran for president, was the fact that while he was Governor in Texas, he carried out more executions than any other Governor - 152 at the time he stopped. To give an impression of how big a number that is, let me just say that no other state have executed that number of people since the death penalty was re-introduced in 1976. The state that has executed the second most, Virginia, has executed 90 people since 1976.

It seems that the current governor of Texas, Rick Perry has surpassed Bush in murdering people - the 200th execution under Rick Perry is slated for June 2nd.

Why do I call it murder? In my opinion, the killing of anyone who you have full and total control over, cannot be considered anything else than murder. Societies can, and should, defend themselves against certain type of people, but when these are safely locked up in prison, murdering them only reduces society to their level.

Protest the 200th Rick Perry execution

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the greatest steps forward in society was the dictum in the Bible: "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." This teaching was that punishment should be in proportion to the crime.

Ghandi's dictum that "an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind," was absolutely wrong and ultimately immoral.

Murderers steal not just a life, but worlds upon worlds from all of us. Evil is real, and compassion towards evil debases compassion.

June 01, 2009 6:27 AM  
Anonymous Maitri said...

Anonymous: Your logic is flawed. If A took B's eye and C takes A's eye for having taken B's eye, then the law, letter for letter, states that C should have his eye taken, too. That's a lot of eyes and unstoppable. If you think this is absurd, so is evil towards evil.

Murder is an end in itself. There is no such thing as bad murder or good murder. Execution is wrong.

June 12, 2009 3:44 PM  

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