Though the Williams case has been much in the news, one group has been
noticeably silent. Conservative evangelical Christians and their much-touted
"Culture of Life" have said hardly a word about him. There might be great debate
at whether life begins at conception or several weeks after but there is
absolutely no debate whatsoever that life ends after 50 ccs of potassium
chloride are injected into your veins, stopping your heart.
The Vatican, at least, is consistently pro-life, both anti-abortion and
anti-capital punishment. Some right-wing American Evangelicals, however, like to
torture the crystal clear teachings of the New Testament to somehow make it all
right for the state to kill. I guess they skip over passages like this:
Matthew 5:38-41 -- You have heard it was said, "An eye for an eye and a
tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone
strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue
you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go
one mile, go also the 2nd mile.
Luke 6:27, 37 -- Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless
those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.... Do not judge, and you will
not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you
will be forgiven.
W.W.J.D.? You don't even have to ask.
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Regarding Stanley Tookie
There's not a whole lot of new or original things I can say about this morning's execution of Stanley Tookie Williams. But there is something I picked up off a listserv I'm on that I wanted to share. Unfortunately, I do not know the author of this, so I cannot attribute -- if anyone knows who wrote this, drop me a line, okay?