Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Religion and culture behind Texas execution tally

Link: DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas will almost certainly hit the grim total of 400 executions this month, far ahead of any other state, testament to the influence of the state's conservative evangelical Christians and its cultural mix of Old South and Wild West.

"A lot of evangelical Protestants not only believe that capital punishment is permissible but that it is demanded by God. And they see sanction for that in the Old Testament especially," said Matthew Wilson, a political scientist at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Now, why would an all-powerful god not just take care of the nasty job of executing these people himself instead of having humans break his laws and kill another person for breaking his laws and killing another person? (So many vicious circles in this god belief!)

Better question yet, if this god is all-powerful, omniscient, and omnipresent, knowing past, present and future, then why allow these humans to be born and live in the first place if they are only going to cause trouble for society anyway???

But I am sure that believers in all of their creativeness will make up whatever answers they want that supports their barbaric desires to see someone die (and the more violent the better), and revenge will make them feel good. It’s not much different than the stoning that goes on in the Middle East that is justified via the Qur’an. The mentality of the crowds that cheer and praise god for his “almighty justice” is just as twisted as the person who is being put to death for their premeditated murderous acts.

It seems that for too many people, religion makes them more revengeful and driven to support violence and back it all up with their ancient mythology books. I am not saying that murderers, serial killers and psychopaths should walk around free, but the way these delusional people believe that their imaginary friend wants them to do his dirty work is almost as crazy or terrible as the murderer themselves.


Tommy said...

Of course, who can forget George Bush's response when he was being interviewed and the interviewer asked him about Karla Faye Tucker. Bush mocked her with some hi-pitched wail "Please don't kill me."

BTW, I am going to be in your neck of the woods for the rest of the week. We are attending a wedding of one of my wife's relatives (yes, I actually have to set foot in a church!). The wedding is Friday, but my son is the ring bearer, so we have to go to the rehearsal tomorrow evening. Saturday we will have to ourselves and visit the Shedd aquarium and the Adler planetarium, and maybe the Fireworks cruise later that evening.

Stardust said...

Hey tommy, it would be so great to meet up somewhere! How long will you be in town? I will send you an email.