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.”
Journey of Hope…from Violence to Healing board member & Secretary