Friday, March 25, 2005

An Easter message

Those of us who oppose the death penalty address the issue from a most diverse -- and sometimes intense -- variety of perspectives.

For instance, I don't like the death penalty because the government makes mistakes. You know, at least once every two weeks, I come home and find someone else's mail in my mail box. If government cannot even deliver the mail accurately, how can we possibly expect it to be 100 percent accurate, 100 percent of the time, when it comes to sentencing people to death?

Others come at this issue from a religious perspective. For example, an op-ed just surfaced from conservative East Texas. It was written by the editor of the Lufkin Daily News and it is most powerful in its simplicity. Although I do not agree with every word in the op-ed, I nonetheless find it moving. It concludes:

The frequency of executions, especially here in Texas, may not indicate it, but the death penalty in America is endangered, because of advances in science and legal reasoning. If our moral thought can similarly advance, perhaps one day soon we will see the death of capital punishment and a deeper commitment to all life.

To read the entire piece, go here.

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