Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Vengeance is California's

This morning the state of California murdered a 76-year-old mostly blind and deaf man who was convicted of four murders in the early 1980s. Clarence Ray Allen was executed by lethal injection this morning while victims' families looked on.

"Mr. Allen finally received the justice he deserved tonight," prosecutor Ward Campbell said a half-hour after the execution. "I was always confident this day would come. I am just very glad to have it finally be done."

Our allegedly majority Christian nation seems to have forgotten that final judgment belongs to God. Whatever his sins, this blind and deaf 76-year-old was no longer a threat to anyone; he nearly died himself of a heartattack a few weeks ago.

Whatever happened to mercy? "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us"?

I'd grant that murder is a hard one to forgive, but is it really to be blood for blood? Is that what we mean by "justice."?


At 3:43 PM, Anonymous UKnowBoudreau said...


When the snuffee, Clarence Ray Allen, suffered his near-fatal heart attack back in December, prison authorities used heroic measures to save him, presumably so that they could juice him on schedule.

"At no point are we not going to value the sanctity of life," said prison spokesman Vernell Crittendon. I wonder if ol' Vernell whispered "Value THIS" to Allen as they shoved the needle in.

At 4:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Vengence is mine says the Lord. The man was punished, after all he lived in a cell, blind and deaf. Couldn't see if someone wanted to hurt him. They should have let him go when he had the heart attack. Human beings seem to pleasure in hurting other human beings, whether it is the State,on tv commercials, or Mr. Allen killing four people. Gosh I hope God really is understanding....pc


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