October 18 – Texas Journey in Houston!

Churches are everywhere in Texas. On every corner, there is a church. Along highways, there are churches. How can you have so many churches and so many executions? If you believe that all life is sacred, if you oppose abortion and euthanasia, how can you support the death penalty? Pro-Life? Really?

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should “make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,” thus building a wall of separation between Church & State.
Thomas Jefferson January 1, 1802.

Today I saw men serving life, only to be given death at some point. Day after day they are kept in isolation, they are being told: “You are to die by lethal injection. But if that fails, we’ll kill you by electrocution. If the power goes out, we’ll hang you. If the rope breaks, we’ll take you out back and shoot you”. Read what Camus said about this daily torture.

You believe in an eye for an eye? What about respecting your parents and other principles to be found in the same scriptures? When Jesus said “Love thy enemies”, he surely did not mean to kill them. You really have to wonder how some people who call themselves Christians can rejoice in values such as hate, revenge and capital punishment.

Churches are everywhere in Texas. On every corner, there is a church. Along highways, there are churches, destroyed tires, and shops selling junk.

There used to be 70% of so-called Christians supporting the death penalty in Texas. Now, there are less than 50%. Bravo. That still means a whole lot of bigoted people pretending to love their neighbor like themselves, unless they are “monsters who have forfeited their right to life.” Pro-Life?

Abortion is a sin! Forbidding condoms is not? Euthanasia is a sin! Execution is not?

Churches are everywhere in Texas, and everywhere are these American and Texan flags. I tell you they are HUGE. On the plane to Dallas, someone was wearing a “One Nation Under God” T-shirt with the inevitable star-spangled banner.

The former Texas Governor (who – by the way – sent 152 human beings to the death chamber over a 6-year period) used to justify immoral decisions by saying they were inspired by God. Executing Karla Faye Tucker? A decision he made after praying to God. Just before her execution date, Tucker appealed for clemency on the grounds that she had become a born-again Christian. GWB’s reply: “Please, he whimpers, his lips pursed in mock desperation, don’t kill me” Launching a war that killed so many? A God-inspired decision. When you turn your heart and your life over to Christ, when you accept Christ as the savior, it changes your heart. I remember Bill Pelke saying: “I don’t know which God he prayed to but we do not pray to the same one.”

Pro-Life? Really?

Gilles Denizot
Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing board member & Secretary

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3 Responses to Pro-Life!

  1. Renate Mari says:

    Exactly my thoughts, Gilles when I looked at the churches at every corner, some small wooden ones with a little white plastic tower, all those churches, Texas supposed to be the Bible Belt but then where does all the hatred and revenge feeling come from. They totally forget that there is a New Testament and Jesus who was teaching to love and not to hate and to forgive and not to seek revenge. But The Journey of Hope and all those people who are believing in humanity and the fact that we are all human and have human rights that must be protected, we will keep up the fight to make even most of the last 50 percent see that they have overlooked a huge part of the Christian religion which is the part about love and forgiveness. How much easier is life when you erase hate and revenge feelings out of it. When there is no more murder by the state which is to create only more victims, those families and loved ones that this person who is to be murdered by the state is leaving behind. And for those people who may think that people on death row or who spend a cruel sentence like life without the possibility of parole do not have family, loved ones and friends, think again, because they most defenitely have. And they are the next victims. This just has to come to an end.

  2. Steven Been says:

    This article speaks truth. Many of the christians in, not only Texas but, the United States as a whole, have absolutely no idea of what Jesus said. The churches on the corner are literally the only time they even look at the scripture, however, just looking is all they do. There is no research on thier part to develop a personal understanding of the truth, only what the peacher says is “the truth” as it should be practiced under this one mans personal beliefs. There are several ways to twist the words of the bible to custom-fit a certain belief system, and people will stand behind that belief because of what this peacher teachs them to be truth. Ever heard of the blind leading the blind, exactly what a majority of American churches are full of. Being christian is not a doctrine developed by mans underestanding of what the bible says. It is a personal relationship with God and belief that Jesus Christ is Lord. In my own personal understanding, I believe the death penalty should have ended for good when Jesus was exacuted and rose from the grave. LOVE DOES NOT KILL. Pro-life? You bet I am!!!! Thanks Gilles for posting this, if it enlightens just but one it is a great victory!!!

  3. Hello Journey-ers – great work you are doing!
    Thinking of you all on that hard emotional road –
    you are doing it! ….best and peace srs

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