To Kill or not To Kill: What is the Answer?
This week has been a time for reflecting on life and what it means. I found myself considering whether or not the death penalty was justifiable as a means to right a wrong. I often find myself switching back and forth on this issue like a swing being gently pushed by the wind. My reluctance to really agree with this method of punishment has more to do with my religious beliefs than anything. (Thou Shalt Not Kill) But then I think what if it was someone I loved, would I want that person to pay for that crime? Of course I would. But as more and more convicted criminals seek to test DNA and are being released I think it is an issue we need to talk about. First, it is a common knowledge that there are many folks of color as well as other races locked up for crimes they say they did not commit. So many prisoners have been released and paid monetary settlements because they were wrongly convicted. Now I'm hearing that more folks on death row may be innocent. If we kill the wrong person, what's next? This is the most recent case that folks are screaming that something is wrong with the evidence and that the young man was beaten into signing a (Confession) statement that he killed these two young women. Should we inject the death penalty when evidence is shaky at best? I think this is something to ponder?