Thursday, December 20, 2007

The company we keep

The United Nation General Assembly voted for a global moratorium on the death penalty. The vote was 104 to 54 (with 29 abstentions). Who did the U.S. choose to side and vote with? Iran, Iraq, China, Pakistan, and Sudan. Even Rwanda, now shamed by it's own history of genocide, voted against the Death Penalty! Shouldn't this tell us something about ourselves?

4 comments:

Judge Rufus Peckham said...

Excellent point. Sadly, so many Americans who profess to follow the man whose birthday is being celebrated next Tuesday don't find their support of the death penalty incompatible with that. I suspect he would not approve.

Elizabeth said...

I suspect you're right. Thanks for stopping by! I'm a fan of your blog.

Ms. Place said...

It's a sad indictment on us. We fear showing scenes of love and sex in movies, but violence is tolerated everywhere in our culture. The death penalty is a part of that violent culture. Instead of being proud of this tradition, we ought to be ashamed.

Elizabeth said...

Exactly! Talk about confused values.