Everyone fears punishment; everyone fears death, just as you do. Therefore you do not kill or cause to be killed.
I suppose everyone has heard about Troy Davis, the black man convicted of killing a white police officer. Even though Davis has maintained his innocence until the very end, despite the lack of evidence and despite most of the witnesses renouncing their incriminating statements, he was sentenced to death by lethal injection.
In spite of international protest, Davis was executed in Georgia, USA, on September 21.
It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.
So who is Russel Brewer?
Brewer, a white supremacist, slid the throat of James Byrd, Jr., an African-American, along with two accomplices. They proceeded to tie the still conscious man to the back of a truck with heavy chains and drag him over an asphalt road until his head and limbs were ripped off. Because of the victim’s race. Brewer confessed to the crime and said “As far as any regrets, no, I have no regrets. No, I’d do it all over again, to tell you the truth.”
Brewer was sentenced to death and executed on September 21, 2011, in Texas, USA. There was little media coverage and next to no public outcry. After all, he deserved to die, right?
Who has the right to condemn another human to die?
Who has the right to hit the switch, pull the trigger, inject the poison?
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone.