Was Troy Davis an Innocent Man?

TrI know that it is the animal part of our human instinct that pushes us to seek an eye for an eye vengeful execution of justice. Even though we might know that retaliating in that way does not bring closure. There is never closure when we lose a loved one. There is always a space in our heart which opens to that lost one. I cannot claim to knowledge of the pain of the loss of a loved one like a child you bore. I have lost my mother and father and other young relatives who have their own brand of pain but losing a child I suspect is a little more intense for a human being, especially at the hands of another. What right we rage against helplessness not able to bring back our child to life. Yes, some folks are born to provide us with lessons of compassion, of forgiveness, of justice. Those who condemn the State of Georgia accuse it of murdering an innocent man. The state is committing an act of murder through its citizens. The judges and the jury ought to be the ones who should do the execution. To pay a man to kill another to me is no different from a hired hit-man. Killing another person for any reason is an egregious act against humanity. We have to respect life. Those God-fearing people who demand justice in this way are not adhering to Jesus’ command – to turn the other cheek. What does it mean to turn the other cheek? It means to let go and let God execute justice. To want closure for the others as you want for yourself. How would the “victims” feel if they know that the real killer is out there hiding behind Troy Davis who was no stranger to the law? What a better bait to send the authorities chasing after. What if the man who was hung was truly innocent, could you live with that? That is the question we must face when we use the state apparatus to kill another human being. It is a sad commentary on American Justice I know that it is the animal part of our human instinct that pushes us to seek an eye for an eye vengeful execution of justice. Even though we might know that retaliating in that way does not bring closure. There is never closure when we lose a loved one. There is always a space in our heart which opens to that lost one. I cannot claim to knowledge of the pain of the loss of a loved one like a child you bore. I have lost my mother and father and other young relatives who have their own brand of pain but losing a child I suspect is a little more intense for a human being, especially at the hands of another. What right we rage against helplessness not able to bring back our child to life. Yes, some folks are born to provide us with lessons of compassion, of forgiveness, of justice. Those who condemn the State of Georgia accuse it of murdering an innocent man. The state is committing an act of murder through its citizens. The judges and the jury ought to be the ones who should do the execution. To pay a man to kill another to me is no different from a hired hit-man. Killing another person for any reason is an egregious act against humanity. We have to respect life. Those God-fearing people who demand justice in this way are not adhering to Jesus’ command – to turn the other cheek. What does it mean to turn the other cheek? It means to let go and let God execute justice. To want closure for the others as you want for yourself. How would the “victims” feel if they know that the real killer is out there hiding behind Troy Davis who was no stranger to the law? What a better bait to send the authorities chasing after. What if the man who was hung was truly innocent, could you live with that? That is the question we must face when we use the state apparatus to kill another human being. It is a sad commentary on American Justice System that must resort to this barbaric and savage form of justice yet it claims to be a religious country and highly civilized. It does not look that way to me today. . It does not look that way to me today. http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/669898/watch_press_conference_about_troy_davis%27_last_words/#paragraph4

 

 

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