"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

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Coming soon to a country near you

From Somalia comes this interesting tidbit on what Sharia will be like when Islam conquers by demographics a Western Europe which is not sustaining reproduction rates sufficient to maintain its population levels:
A 16-year-old boy in Somalia, on orders from an Islamic court, publicly stabbed his father's killer to death at a Koranic school in the capital Mogadishu. A large crowd gathered to watch Mohamed Moallim, 16, stab Omar Hussein in the head and throat, reports the BBC. Hussein was convicted of killing the father, Sheikh Osman Moallim, after a row over the boy's education, the report said.

Of course, execution skillfully done in this manner might allay the concerns of some very sensitive and compassionate lawyers in this country who worry that lethal injection is too drawn out and painful to possibly be constitutional.


Anonymous said...

We're not as bad as Somalia! We're less sadistic than Shariah law! Goooo team! Please.

Anonymous said...

I wish I would understand why Tom and others are steadfastly against publicizing executions in the US – with live internet or TV coverage, so that all Americans (including the children) can watch, and judge for themselves whether an execution is humane or not.

This is a rather sick game of “hide the ball” played by the pro-death-penalty states. On the one hand they argue that 1) decisions regarding humanity should be left to “the people” – not the courts; and 2) that executions should be conducted without any way for “the people” to judge whether they are inhumane.

Instead, the debate is conducted based on hearsay, and information is gathered with subpoenas.

Faithmy said...

When did Tom say he was against letting the public veiw executions?

Anonymous said...

If people honestly want to involve the democratic process (as opposed to litigation) in the death penalty debate, comprehensive coverage of each execution is required. It should be streamed on the internet and shown in schools. People must openly debate both the choice to execute someone, as well as the manner in which the person died.

Clark Kent said...

I'm in favor of televising executions. Put 'em on Pay-Per-View and watch the money roll in!

Anonymous said...

Clark, No. This is not something that people should have to pay for. First of all, the federal government and many states do not retain the copyrights to state-produced media. Second of all, you seem to want to burden the ability of Americans to see what the government is doing. Rather than opening the doors of government to people, so that they can effectively participate in government (by making an informed choice about the death penalty), you want only the people that can afford pay-per-view TV to be able to watch it. This seems elitist, an unAmerican.

Instead, not only should these events be free, but it watching executions should be encouraged. School children should be shown these executions, so they will understand what happens when someone (perhaps their neighbors or parents) is convicted, and sentenced to death for killing someone (perhaps their neighbors or parents). While some people on this board are willing to tolerate up to a 65% error rate in death jury verdicts, Americans must let that error rate be on their conscience and hope that their god forgives them for making state-sponsored snuff movies of the deaths of innocent people, as the First Amendment (according to one interpretation) requires.

Anonymous said...

The problem with lethal injections could be solved if we followed China's path and used a single executioner-perhaps the jury foreman or the governor or judge who signed the death warrant-who would put a single bullet in the back of the kneeling inmates' head. Then we could sell the organs. Of course this sounds horrible and all around yucky. But a sanitary lethal injection performed by a team with nobody knowing who delivered the fatal poison-such moral detachment is right up our alley.