Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong? Jesus said, “You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil.” (Matt. 5:38-39).
As the use of capital punishment is on the decrease and being abolished around the world, why is it on the increase in the United States and in South Dakota? Only three countries in the Western Hemisphere still actively use the death penalty: Cuba in 2003, St. Kitts & Nevis in 2008, and the United States 40 – times this year, including two here in South Dakota. As we mourn the victims, the wife of one, the mother of the other, as well as their families, and are concerned for the executioners and the effects that these executions have on all who are involved, where is our concern for the mothers and families of the more that half million babies under the age of two who died in Iraq from lack of medication and proper foods because of the sanctions that we placed on Iraq in the 1990’s? Where is the concern for the families of the more than a million people who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq because we attacked them after we were attacked by 19 hijackers, 15 who were Saudis, one Egyptian, one Lebanese and two from the United Arab Emirates? Where is the concern for our troops and their families?