Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Blood on our hands

People of Faith Against the Death Penalty (PFADP) has been holding two vigils, in Asheville and Raleigh, North Carolina. Troy Davis is scheduled to be executed right now, at 7:00 p.m.

I confess the sin of inaction. I am a member of PFADP. This time, I did nothing.

I feel as I did every time there was an execution in California. We have blood on our hands.

For more on Troy Davis and his case, see here.

On the death penalty in North Carolina, racial bias, and the NC Racial Justice Act, see here.

Latest news: Amnesty International reports a stay of execution till Monday, September 29. The Supreme Court of the United States issued the stay hours before Troy Davis was scheduled to be killed. Amnesty International has campaigned intensively for clemency for Mr. Davis.

He lives. For now.


MadPriest said...

I assume the death penalty is seen as a punishment. However, for a punishment to be effective it must be remembered by the person being punished. Execution negates its own effectiveness as a punishment. You could argue that the preparation for the execution is the punishment but that would be obscene. What a waste of life, time and money.

Anonymous said...

TBTG (Thanks be to Godde)

Mike Farley said...

But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream...

Let's not give up praying, not for a minute - I've been following this man's case from over the pond here, and I'm praying that the protest will force a retrial, and that Troy will be allowed to live to be exonerated.