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Chris

I don't have any problem at all with executing a genuinely guilty person.

I have come to oppose the death penalty because it is far too often applied in error, as it likely was in the Troy Davis case. I doubt that I am alone in this line of thinking.

John Pepple

I have a similar complaint about the lack of protests against Saddam Hussein's invasion of Kuwait. The "anti-war" protesters protested not against that, but against the coming U.S. action. They protested before it actually occurred, while ignoring the war that had actually taken place.

Peg

Other issues that fry me, John, are these: gay rights and women's rights. Lefties get hysterical if someone looks sideways at gay folks in the U.S. - but other nations butchering gay people because they express an interest in someone of the same sex? Yawn. No protesting whatsoever.

Same thing about women. Hysteria over a boss telling his employee: "Gee; you have a beautiful outfit today." But if women in the Middle East must have 97% of their skin swathed, cannot get an education and are burned to death for adultery - again, silence.

Utterly disgusting.

jammen

"If the point is that capital punishment is wrong, then shouldn't there have been protestors (sic) against Brewer's execution, too?"

I think the majority of the Troy Davis protests were based upon the belief that the state was about to execute an innocent man and were not a philosophical opposition to the death penalty.

There are, however, individuals and groups that have been working against the death penalty for decades, and this case certainly
is a boon for them.

Peg

As I understand it, Jammen, most anti-death penalty people are against the death penalty period - irrespective of someone's guilt or innocence. Furthermore:

1) No one can say that Davis didn't have extensive appeals. At what point can we say, the evidence has been reviewed, re-reviewed - and reviewed again. And yet the case has not been overturned?

2) Brewer claims that he did not murder Byrd; he "only" (geesh) tortured the man. His death penalty sentence was for murder - so - one can claim (at least on some level) that he, too, was "innocent."

3) Before you get hysterical about what I've written, note that I am no longer a proponent of the death penalty for the reasons I mentioned above, and that, no matter whether or not Brewer did or did not directly cause Byrd's death, I think that he committed unspeakable crimes. Zero defense from me. Just making the point that if you truly are someone who protests the death penalty, then for consistency's sake, you should protest them all.

John Pepple

I agree, Peg. And it's not just the Middle East, but Muslim enclaves in Europe where gays and women are mistreated, but once again, it doesn't matter. Incredible.

Red Wing Black

So cute! I already like you on FB and also get your posts on Google Reader. :)

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