Thursday, December 01, 2005

Let he who is without sin, throw the next switch...

Apparently we are not going to get to 1,000 death row inmates executed since Gary Gilmour said, "Let's do it." His execution in 1977 began the current spree, and today we have executed 999 people, with Robin Lovitt in Virginia scheduled to be the 1,000th. His execution was stayed by Governor Mark Warner, and commuted to a life sentence.

People ask me about it, and I tell them I'm against the death penalty. I know Christians that are for it. I don't understand that, but they are. I think execution is a simple answer to a complex problem. As a Christian, I think it misses the central point of punishment, which is correction, and ultimately redemption.

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