December 14, 2005

Tookie

Where is the line between just punishment for crimes (or sins) and redemption?

This week the infamous founder of the Crips, Stanley "Tookie" Williams, was executed for the death of four people. Though maintaining his innocence, Tookie's conviction was upheld by numerous lower and Supreme courts, and clemency was ultimately denied by Governor Schwarzenegger.

I, personally, am torn on the issue of the death sentence. Do some crimes deserve the ultimate price? Yes, I believe. Is the prison system really concerned with rehabilitation? No. Is someone on death row ever worthy of redemption? Possibly in human terms, definitely in spiritual terms.

I think part of the problem is that the death sentence has become "what the family deserves" rather than just punishment for a crime.

The scene described by Newsweek journalist Karen Breslau is that of a capitalist circus. People renting their driveways to news crews, people smoking marijuana, rallies bashing the political leaders. It sounded more like a circus than a protest.

I am torn on the issue, as I said earlier, but I do know one thing, I could not pull the switch or push the button. I guess that says enough.

1 comment:

  1. What would be a just punishment for murder? How about four murders? He founded the crips, if he is not guilty of those murders, how many more were comitted in his name. I believe I could push the button. The sanctity of life only exists so far as it allows other life to exist. In the words of Dennis Miller and George Carlin.."sometimes you have to thin the herd".

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