Whoa! It’s been over a year since I’ve posted on my blog (if you don’t count the reply to a comment I made about 10 minutes ago), so forgive me if I’m a little rusty.
I was reading an article this morning about the State of Texas executing it’s 500th inmate since 1982, when it re-introduced the death penalty as a legal punishment. The execution was of Kimberly McCarthy, who was convicted of the murder of 71-year-old Dorothy Booth in Lancaster, TX in 1997. McCarthy robbed, beat, and stabbed Booth to death, and even cut off her finger to pull off a ring. She stole her car, took the ring and pawned it for $200 to buy crack, and used her credit cards at a liquor store. Overall, it was a particularly brutal crime, one that no doubt would bring the death penalty to any person in Texas if they didn’t plea bargain for a lesser punishment.
What struck me as I was reading the article was a quote from McCarthy’s attorney and the next line that described the protesters outside the prison:
In a statement, Maurie Levin, McCarthy’s attorney, said “500 is 500 too many. I look forward to the day when we recognize that this pointless and barbaric practice, imposed almost exclusively on those who are poor and disproportionately on people of color, has no place in a civilized society.” Outside the prison, about 40 protesters gathered, carrying signs saying “Death Penalty: Racist and Anti-Poor,” ”Stop All Executions Now” and “Stop Killing to Stop Killings.”
I was kind of taken aback at reading that people feel the death penalty is racist and anti-poor, because that’s something that is also true of another controversial practice in our country: abortion.
Just a couple days before this execution, Texas failed to pass some very restrictive abortion measures that would have cut the number of abortions in the state greatly. The reason behind the failure to pass the bill was not because there weren’t enough votes to pass it – it was because the protests became so disruptive that, though the bill passed in a vote, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst couldn’t sign it in time. (The legislative session ended at midnight)
So what we have here is 2 sets of protesters – one who thinks that the State is wrong for executing convicted killers because those killers are predominantly minorities and poor, and one who thinks that we should NOT cut abortions, even though abortions occur at significantly higher rates in minority and poor populations. My guess is that many of the people who argue against the death penalty are arguing for abortion. They say that convicted killers should live, but that innocent children should not.
And all I can say is, come Lord Jesus…hurry…this world is getting more and more out of control.