Sunday, January 06, 2008

Cruel and Unusual

On Monday, the Supreme Court will take under consideration whether the death penalty is "cruel and unusual" punishment. In light of slugs/people like Darlanne Toussaint, I say the death penalty is NOT cruel.

The case coming before the Court revolves around one Ralph Baze who took it upon himself to open fire on two Kentucky law enforcement officers who had come to his residence in January 1992. They were attempting to serve a warrant for Baze's arrest--Baze was already a fugitive from the law. Baze was hiding in some brush near his home. When his wife diverted the officer's attention, Baze used an assault-type rifle to ambush the two police officers. Each officer was shot three times in the back. One officer was executed with a shot to the back of his head as he tried to crawl away. (Source)

What is cruel is allowing scumbags like Baze to draw one more breath. As far as unusual, yes, the death penalty is "unusual" in that it is not something that happens everyday. Too bad. As of January 1, 2007 there were 3350 death row inmates in United States prisons. Instead of being labeled "cruel and unusual," executions should be "quick and OFTEN." We can start with Ralph Baze and Darlanne Toussaint.


Baxter said...

I am all for the death penalty, and I don't think it should be dragged out. I know a lot of people think it's wrong for Christians to support it. It's one thing to MURDER, it's another thing to execute governmental justice.

Rom 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God.
Rom 13:2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
Rom 13:3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same;
Rom 13:4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil.

Bart said...

I used to be one of those who thought it was wrong for Christians to support the death penalty. But sometimes leopards can change their spots. Not only am I in favor of it now - I think they should expand the list of crimes to which it applies.