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Who are we to decide?

admin | 12/28/2011, 7:50 a.m.

Stones were popular during biblical times used as tools and building materials and in some cases even as weapons. According to the bible, a crowd presented a woman accused of committing adultery to Jesus with plans to stone her to death as commanded by Moses. The biblical story goes on to say that Jesus said Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Casting stones among a crowd of people is relatively easy when you can blend in with the crowd. To ask someone to be the first to pitch a hard rock at another with the intent to kill is difficult. Self-examination is needed and a person would need to turn their attention towards their own conscience. In truth, to make a decision to initiate an act that would finalize the existence of another based on the fact that our hands are without blemish, is something that all should find impossible to do. On September 21, 2011 Troy Davis a Georgia death row inmate was executed by lethal injection for the 1989 murder of an off duty police officer. With no physical evidence and all witnesses recanting their statements his case gained the support of celebrities, politicians and numerous other people. Rallies and protests were held and people gathered to earnestly pray for clemency in a case where many felt he was not guilty. In the end, the family of the slain police officer was delivered what they saw as justice after nearly 23 years. It could be argued whether some people actually deserve to die because of a heinous crime that a jury unanimously decides based upon trial evidence. But with overzealous cops suffering from detective Mark Fuhrman syndrome along with prosecutors primarily concerned with closing a case as opposed to convicting the right person, one questions whether the legal system is truly reliable in issuing out the death penalty. It has been discovered too many times that some persons on death row were not guilty of convicted crimes. In any case, as Jesus became an advocate for what today would amount to abolishing the death penalty, he knew that none of us are perfect to give ourselves the right to play God and decide when a mans life should come to an end. Only God has that authority. By Arthur Lee Hall, Jr.