Death Penalty -- Sightings (Martin Marty)
The recently botched execution in Oklahoma has again raised the ugly head of the death penalty in America. As you can tell, I have a strong opinion on the issue of the death penalty. There are a variety of reasons, including some that I draw from Scripture, knowing that supporters of the death penalty can marshal their own texts (thus, as Martin Marty notes, cancelling each other out). That said, there is a growing discomfort with the death penalty, a form of punishment that America is counted among an interesting group of countries who engage in official executions. That the innocent die among the guilty and that persons of color and the poor are disproportionately the ones who are so punished, might give us pause. Martin Marty, with his usual adept wisdom, helps us examine the practice and its declining popularity (except perhaps in Texas). I invite you to read and respond.