Pay Attention to What You Say

Pay Attention to What You Say

by James Drue Cashion, JuniorSecondary Education Major

This is in response to the liberal minded article,”Texas needs death penaltymoratorium now,” written by a writer for The Daily University Star, a publication ofSouthwest Texas University. Anybody who would take time to closely read this articleprinted in the November 9th issue of the Houstonian would find a load of nothing,leading nowhere, on the issue of the death penalty and Gov. Bush’s “tough” stand in thisarena.Let us first not rule out the very possibility that this writer could have beeninebriated while writing this article, considering the “fine” university she represents. I leave that statement to the readers imagination.I’ll gladly start my reply to this humorously lame, middle school essay by statingfacts. A moratorium, by definition, means “a suspension or delay of any action oractivity.” If you are saying we do not have this in terms of the death penalty, then youare sadly mistaken. Does anybody remember Bobby Ray Hopkins, who underwent some40+ trials in just as many counties, just to “make sure?” Hmmmmmmmm…how muchdid that cost…that’s besides the point. That’s 40+ juries, 480+ jury members, ALL ofwhom say he was guilty. I’m sorry, but if a death row inmate gets that much of a chance,on MY taxpayer dollars, we’re giving him quite a moratorium. Now that we are clear on the fact that we DO have a moratorium on the deathpenalty, let us examine something else. Gov. Bush says our system works because sevendeath row inmates have been released on DNA evidence. The article admits this, butthen turns around and says we do not give the right to DNA testing. Slow down, tiger,you’ve had too much to drink already! If we have released innocent people on DNAevidence before, then we must have given them that right to the testing. Am I correct? Or am I smoking something? Facts are, we do have what is necessary for fair examination of our death rowinmates. They become a suspect, they undergo trial, they are convicted, put on deathrow, given chance after chance, trial after trial…and yes, it takes around ten to fifteenyears (and it costs $49.54 per day per inmate). The article says that we need amoratorium, or delay on the decision, then it turns around and bashes the fact thatinnocent people spend ten to fifteen years in prison before being released. The main ideahere is that they WERE released. Which do you support, a delay, or no delay? Make upyour mind.This wonderful article also contains yet another contradiction. In the firstparagraph, the writer states that the death penalty is “legal murder,” and that Gov. Bush is”dangerous.” I believe this clearly states that you oppose the death penalty altogether. But, the writer baffles me yet again and says that she is “all for the death penalty.” Please, I’m getting dizzy here, can have some of that stuff you’re having?The implications that I got from the writer of this article was that of a Democrat,a liberal, and someone that is probably pro-choice. Tell me this, if you call the deathpenalty legal murder, what do you call abortion? The death penalty does away withmurderers, abortion does away with innocent babies. I also get the notion that the writerwas a non-believer, with no faith in any religion. I say this because if the death penalty is wrong, then the Bible must be wrong, too. Explain to me all the times that it says”…then he shall surely be put to death,” following the declaration of a sin. The Bible even says that a an adulterer shall be put to death. Strict stuff, I know, considering that this is an accepted part of society .My heart bleeds to the reprobate that wrote this article, because principle has nopart in her life. My condolences are also stretched out to her for her salvation…I can only hope that God has a part in her life, and if not, my prayers are for her future.

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