Death penalty goes against faith
THE letter, “Effective laws needed to deter murderers” (December 28) is disturbing reading. For almost six decades I made it my life’s task to sniff out anything that reeked of support for the death penalty wherever it should rear its ugly head. It’s a costly commitment, but worth every cent of it.
Unfortunately, it’s too expensive to acquire all newspapers all over the country. A fierce death penalty debate is raging in Cape Town.
Fortunately, two copies of my favourite paper, dated December 28 and 29, came into my possession.
As usual the first page I turn to is the letters page, where I found the misleading letter by a man of the cloth propagating the return of this menace that caused so much pain and suffering to the poor, the marginalised and political opponents of that evil system, backed by churches.
This is in direct conflict with what Jesus Christ himself, taught us: If you are without sin, cast the first stone.
To Simon Peter: Put away that sword, all those who use it will perish by it.
A warning in Proverbs 14:12: “What you think is the right road may lead to death” is repeated verbatim in Proverbs 16:25.
At best supporters of the death penalty can cite just two examples where it “works”: Botswana or Singapore, both small fishes in the big pond, turning a blind eye to the more than 100 imploding one after the other. These are not democracies since no country can call itself such if it kills its own citizens – the penalty is a violent act, which will eventually destroy them, as we see on our TV screens night after night. Botswana is forever in trouble for its treatment of minority groups. Buildings built on sand cannot last.
Namibia, Mozambique and Angola, together with South Africa and Rwanda, with its genocide of close to 1 million people in 1994, have abolished the death penalty.
Christ warned of modern-day false prophets masquerading as shepherds of the flock, but who, in reality are wolves in sheep’s clothing.
The dear reverend must say how they intend killing firstly, the 15 000 “life” inmates, and then the more than 18 000 murderers each year. What about rapists, gangsters and drunk drivers? Will the state have to invite murder machine tenders? Face reality!
In the 67 Muslim-dominated countries one can be executed for apostasy.
If those radicals should come to power in free-world countries, sharia law will be introduced, using such laws that these misguided supporters of the death penalty are now pushing for our country to reimplement.
In the US, every time an execution takes place, mostly in the southern states such as Texas and Florida, two groups of people, those opposing it, and those shouting for it, are gathered on opposite sides of the road, with the police in the middle.
When this reverend and all other supporters have gathered enough boulders and rocks, he will find many around him, but also some on the other side, where Christ and people such as Nelson Mandela, Oom Bey (Beyers Naudé), Desmond Tutu and Michael Lapsley would be.
The death penalty is on the way out all over the world. Its supporters are full of fear, hatred, vengeance, retribution and unforgiveness.
We must all work actively so that one day the whole of the world will be civilised and free. WELGELEGEN, Cape Town