"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Monday, April 17, 2006

Poor Tim

And so the Eyebrow must make a call... do I follow what I consider to be the moral requirements of my Faith and commute a death sentence to life imprisonment, or do I ignore my deeply held moral and religious beliefs and allow what I consider to be an unjust act of killing to take place? In the afterglow of Easter, maybe Tim Kaine is conscious of another civil leader who faced the same dilemma: allow an unjust killing to occur or bow to political expediency and ignore the calls of conscience.

His religious advisers in the leftist diocese of Richmond's "Office of Peace and Justice" will surely tell him that his duty as a Catholic is to not let the death penalty occur, since "[a]s followers of the non-violent Jesus, our faith teaches us to respect all life as sacred, even the lives of those who fail to show a respect for others." (Guess they missed the part where Christ violently threw the money-changers out of the Temple).

Alas for poor Dexter Vinson, the brutal sex killer who will assuredly be executed by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Instead of a governor (like Mark Warner, or even Doug Wilder) who supports the death penalty and doesn't have to worry about the political fallout if he were to grant clemency in a suitable case, he draws Kaine, who has to allow Vinson to die to maintain his political viability.

Don't get me wrong. Vinson should be executed; it's the right thing to do. But how sad to see a pol like Tim Kaine twist his conscience up in a knot. If he really believes the death penalty to be wrong, then he should commute Vinson's sentence and damn the consequences. If he allows Vinson to die, he will sacrifice his character for political expediency.

Poor Tim.


Aristotle said...

It really must be nice to have such certitude and see things as only black & white....Of course, it might be nice to be a damned foll idiot--I wouldn't know--but maybe you can enlighten us.

Faithmy said...

Aristotle is a bit of a loon. I hate people who are in a sea of grey. Executing violent criminals really isnt a grey issue.

Faithmy said...

And is it just me, or is Pontius Pilate a hottie??

Anonymous said...

Today a second death warrant was issued in Virginia for Percy Walton, a merciless triple-killer out of Danville. Walton told fellow inmates prior to his 1997 trial that he intended to 'play stupid' in court, where he plead guilty to capital murder and got the death sentence.

However, in appeals, Walton's crafty lawyers have managed to add on an extra three years to their client's life by claiming he was either/or mentally retarded or insane. Expert witnesses have concluded that Walton is a malingerer and fraud on both counts.

Walton's execution date is scheduled for June 8, 2006 - will Kaine blink and grant clemency on this one?

Anonymous said...

Faith, You are the one that chose not to law school. I do not think you are in position to call people “loons.”

Faithmy said...

And you know where I went to school and what I studied how??

pattypoo said...

Can she still call P.P. hot? I would second that opinion!