Human Sacrifice

Posted: 13 May 2009 in death penalty

I am vehemently opposed to any form of capital punishment. I know of no crime that anyone can commit that gives the state the right to murder them in retribution. That’s right – even Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot all rolled into one wouldn’t have me screaming for blood.

Capital Punishment is a bit of a misnomer.  It is not the state imposing a punishment, but rather the state becoming an instrument of vengeance. It is, in fact, a form of human sacrifice.  We kill these people who we have determined to have crossed a line in order to absolve society of their wrongdoing.  The fact that this vengeance – this blood offering – is meted out much more often to minorities for similar or lesser crimes than it is to Caucasians simply reinforces my opposition to it and my view that it is simply a horrific ritual.

Maybe we should stop sugar-coating it by keeping it behind closed doors, and just go with the theatre of it.  Candles, robes, a kriss, yanking still-beating hearts from chests…  Because hey, we’re only dealing with (mostly) black people who killed white people, right?

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Comments
  1. Leigh says:

    I don’t know. Speaking as a mother, I think the only time anyone should be killed for a crime would be if they killed a young child in a case of child abuse. But then, mother’s are particularly emotional and unreliable on this subject.
    However, you would have to prove that the killer cted in cold blood, and was not in any way mentally impaired, either by mental illness or drugs or any other reason.
    But if someone killed a small child in a terrible way, and knew exactly what they were doing? Yeah, I’d be OK with killing that person.
    Again though, speaking as a mother.

  2. Còmhradh says:

    That’s just the thing, though. Our system has been proven repeatedly to be incapable of accurately determining guilt or motivation, or making a distinction between someone who acted in cold blood and someone who acted under the influence of a mental condition. So I can’t justify it in any case.

    Besides, as a mother, would you rather have your bloodlust sated, or know that that person is going to rot in prison until they wither and die?

  3. Leigh says:

    Bloodlust. I’d hate that the person had a life anywhere, no matter how bad.
    Well, I am working off a perfect system capable of determining guilt. Anyway, no system is perfect, because you can’t ever truly know what another person is thinking. We are imperfect creatures.

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