September 21, 2011
My education to the penal system and my fight for Kerry Lyn Dalton's life has lead me down a dark, scary, lonely road. Unlike most Americans I've had to face the harsh reality that our system is fatally broken, having struggled against it these past 19 years.
The supposed most progressive country, who thinks they are the light and example to the rest of the world, is shameful... The United States of America carries out murders in the name of justice; “Thou Shall not Kill" is an integral concept of all faiths and philosophies. “Two wrongs don't make a right" rings loudly on this day also.
Lawrence Brewer is scheduled to be killed by the state of Texas today; they say he’s vile for killing a man. How much less vile will Texas be once they have done the same?
Troy Davis was not granted clemency, though grave doubts about his guilt have been presented, today he is scheduled to be killed by the state of Georgia. http://troyanthonydavis.org/
The U.S. has prized itself on its human rights campaigns since our inception, having to learn and evolve to understand – human rights are for all, we are still failing miserably. It is barbaric to be carrying out calculated killings.
We have so many examples of the system failing and the wrong people paying the ultimate penalty, why do we carry on with our heads buried in the sand?
Even for those who really are dangerous, it would make more sense, follow the conscience of compassionate people, and even be more cost efficient, to keep society safe and give humane treatment to persons who cannot be safe to others - instead of murdering them falsely in the name of “justice”.
I pray for the heart broken families of the victims, their sorrows are deep.
I pray for the men looking into the eyes of their killers this evening and for their families who sorrows have been just as deep.
God have mercy on our ignorant nation; show us the light.
(What would Jesus do…?)