Dealing in death

It’s been a while since I’ve posted thoughts here. Maybe too long since I’ve had thoughts worth sharing. I’ve also gotten far too interested in watching the extras on our Lord of the Rings DVDs and re-reading the trilogy. Perhaps that’s why my first thought in reading an irate rant against today’s decision by the SCOTUS to disallow the execution of minors were this quote from Tolkien:

“Many that live deserve death. And some who die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.”

There hasn’t been much for me to celebrate politically in the United States for a long time. As anyone reading my blog might imagine, I’ve been a foe of the death penalty since I was a young teenager, arguing against it with my parents. Well, with my mother. My father has always been opposed to it. Though I’ve wandered far afield since my Catholic school days, this opinion of mine that it’s wrong for the state to take a human life, that such deaths are done in my / everyone’s name is definitely an outgrowth of my Catholic roots.

So today I’m celebrating a small victory for justice. Human rather than Texas style.

Oh, and did anyone else notice that all of the 18 states with laws on the books allowing the execution of minors were red? ::gloat::

One thought on “Dealing in death

  1. Alex Birch

    One of my other great interests is the work of Amnesty International and at this weeks meeting we allowed ourselves a little cheer that AT LAST the US Supreme Court has removed the humiliating and shameful blot on the United States of being one of the few countries in the world to allow the execution of minors. That the world’s greatest democratic power should have taken so long to do this is a disgrace..but let’s not be churlish..much better late than never!


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