Executions are wrong

Published: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at 2:38 a.m.
No matter the despicable and shocking actions of Danny Rolling years ago, these televised celebrations of his execution demean us all as Floridians. The stately Amish forgiveness of the murders of their precious children after recent school shootings stands in stark contrast to a woman stating to the camera on national television that God has answered her prayers by Danny Rolling's death.
Maybe we need to remind Christians that in the Bible a woman broke a law that required her death and Jesus, faced with a similar situation, said let those without sin cast the first stone? It's absurdly hypocritical that our state kills people to teach us not to murder, or that our country is the only civilized industrialized society that still has capital punishment, or that invoking God for the purposes of executing people is a basic tenant of what we call terrorists unless it is us doing it.
Something is fundamentally wrong when these kinds of moral opposites are ignored. Do we really want a society that cannot seem to deal with a concept of forgiveness or does not realize forgiveness heals us better than retribution?
I find it hard to blame grief stricken relatives and friends, but maybe the rest of us can set fear and anger aside long enough to see how this looks to our children and to people outside Florida or outside the US. We are leading, whether you think you are or not. Let's quit teaching paradox, and consistently express the message I believe most of us really want to send. Killing people is wrong.

William Butler,


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