Friday, September 23, 2011

A tale of two executions and why human rights must start in the womb!

West face of the United States Supreme Court b...Image via WikipediaThe recent outrage at the execution of Troy Davis and this post from Religion at the Margin by David Hansen made me think more about the death penalty issue in America. I left a lengthy reply on his well written&insightful post and wanted to share it here. He did a great job linking the execution of two men Wednesday,Troy Davis and Lawrence Brewer,however there was not a large outcry against the death penalty in the case of Lawrence Brewer in Texas. Why?

The truth of the matter is the liberals want to turn the execution of Troy Davis into a racial issue. His lawyer, Thomas Ruffin, called it a legal lynching, implying race had something to do with the verdict. The truth is the liberals don't care about all human life unless it is to further their agenda,they will fight to the death to keep abortion legal, yet defend the rights of a convicted killer,in this case a black man, despite a justice system with an appeals process&jury who found Troy Davis guilty. It is obvious Brewer did the heinous crime he committed,however ballistic evidence did lead investigators to Troy Davis's gun. No new evidence was given in appeals nor to the [Supereme Court of the US] SCOTUS so they had to keep the verdict given by the jury 22yrs ago.  Many were upset with the Casey Anthony verdict, yet she walks free while her daughter's 'killer' is unknown. Our judicial system allowed her to go free&we must accept the verdict just as we must accept the verdict in the case of Troy Davis and Lawrence Brewer.

Would I be willing to do away with the death penalty?Yes, life without parole could be the option,but is that really better for someone who may/may not be guilty? Where do we draw the line on doubt? Also is it worth spending more money on prisons&keeping someone alive in prison while we have people starving in the world and our economy is in peril? I do believe the obvious cases such as Brewer could&should be given the death penalty,but in those less obvious cases perhaps a choice could be given to the convict or victims family to choose the death penalty or life in prison. Personally, I think spending life in prison might be worse because you have no freedom&rights and you must live with the guilt of knowing you committed a heinous crime or prolong suffering if innocent. Yet the victims, like the unborn, don't get a choice&their families live each day without their father, brother, son, friend,etc.

In the end,I believe until we become a culture of life and all life is respected from womb to tomb abortion, murder, suicide,euthanasia and the death penalty will continue to exist.

Wow, I didn't mean to carry on so long,but feel strongly about this case&this issue. Please share your thoughts in the comments. Below is some of the article I responded to at Religion at the Margins:

Two men were executed last night by the state.
And no one said a word about one of them.
Because it wasn’t about Troy Davis. Because witnesses didn’t recant. Because the evidence was clear. Because hundreds of thousands worldwide didn’t sign a petition for him.
Because it was about a white supremacist.
There is tragic irony to last night’s events. Even as the throngs of activists wept, celebrated, sang and prayed when word came that the execution of Troy Davis in a Georgia prison was delayed, though only for only a few hours, by no less than the U.S. Supreme Court, the state of Texas was busy plunging a poisoned needle into the body of Lawrence Russell Brewer.

There were no last minute heroics, desperate filings or social media frenzy.
There were no hashtags, blocked or otherwise.No one wearing “I Am Lawrence Brewer” T-shirts.
While Davis was surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, Brewer died alone, his parents and his victim’s relatives watching from a nearby room.
He had no final words in death, only a single tear.Outside his prison, there were no massive vigils, no sea of placards and no throngs chanting slogans about the injustice of the death penalty in the case of a racist who so brutally killed a man because of skin color.
And let’s be honest: a great many of the people who want Troy Davis’ life spared might very well believe the state was right to kill Lawrence Brewer. Many of those people who were appalled that the audience cheered at the number of executions committed by the state of Texas might deep down harbor suspicions that of the 234 executions, Texas might have gotten this one as right. As right as Georgia got the Davis case wrong.
After all, Davis’ case, unlike Brewer’s, seems riddled with ambiguities, despite what the prosecutor might say. After all, Davis might very well have been innocent. And it is easy to defend a potentially innocent man against the death penalty. It is far more difficult to defend a clearly guilty man who dragged a man’s body from the bumper of a truck.

©2008-2011 Patricia Garza
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