My blog around Troy Davis and Lawrence Russell Brewer

I am flying from the seat of my pants on the post.  Today, September 21, 2011, two people were executed in the United States.  My mind is bent.  I was listening to the mother of the officer allegedly killed by Troy Davis.  I could hear the pain in her heart, but I was shocked by the coldness.  She had no compassion.  It did not seem like she was talking about a person being put to death…more like throwing out an old shoe.  I am not judging her – a mother’s heart hurts worse than any other over the death of a child.  No, I only mention this because I see the same coldness in so many people who support the death penalty.

It disappoints me to see people place ideology over a human life.  No matter what your religion, how can you accept the responsibility of judging the worth of a person’s life?  How can you, in such passionate language, feel justified in putting another man to death?  Have we gone so far as to lack the ability to see the miracle of life being lived?  I do not know the answers, but it does seem like the response would not be positive.

I leave you with this:

All tremble at violence; all fear death.

Putting oneself in the place of another,

one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

 All tremble at violence; life is dear to all.

Putting oneself in the place of another,

one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

~Dhammapada 129-130~

I know what will be said, but remember this:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’g But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighborh and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

~Matthew 5:38-48~

At a certain point, there is just too much killing.


3 thoughts on “My blog around Troy Davis and Lawrence Russell Brewer

      • As Texas prepares to execute one of his father’s killers, Ross Byrd hopes the state shows the man the mercy his father, James Byrd Jr., never got when he was dragged behind a truck to his death.

        “You can’t fight murder with murder,” Ross Byrd, 32, told Reuters late Tuesday, the night before Wednesday’s scheduled execution of Lawrence Russell Brewer for one of the most notorious hate crimes in modern times.

        “Life in prison would have been fine. I know he can’t hurt my daddy anymore. I wish the state would take in mind that this isn’t what we want.”

        This is what compassion looks like.

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