Posts tagged ‘Capital punishment’

May 7, 2011

Reading Materials

by Vince

Alissa J. Rubin goes undercover in Afghanistan in a burqa.

Reactions and full video to the GOP debate in Greensville, SC. (plus what the GOP debated on during their last primary)

The difference between capital punishment and killing Osama Bin Laden.

How can we fight a drug war in America when we can’t keep drugs out of our prisons?

Finally, a tumblr blog perfect for me and other teachers.

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October 11, 2010

Reax to the Question of the Week

by Vince

You can still email me your answers at vgiordano at gmail dot com. The question was:

Why do some see it necessary, to the point of passing laws, for life to be protected in relevance to abortion but seem anti-life with supporting wars, capital punishment, and loathing government acting as safety nets for those down and out and in need of nourishment and support?

One reader responded:

It’s called JUSTICE.

You’re comparing apples and oranges to ask why “pro-life” individuals may or may not see anything wrong with capital punishment.  Capital punishment is exactly that, punishment.  It is the government’s effort to administer justice for wrong doing, where abortion is “capital punishment” to babies who have done no wrong.

Now, the second part of your question is a little insulting.  You make it sound as if everyone who is pro-life is against the government lending a hand to those in need.
I’m certainly not against an organized system in place in our governement that allows for fiscal aid/support to be given to the “down and out and in need of nourishment and support?”  However, the system currently in place is corrupt and abused and in need of serious reform.  My mom currently works for “Head Start” a notorious government-funded organization.  She tells me of the 65in flat screen TV in some of the homes she visits. Homes of non-disabled, non-working parents whose children are receiving free meals and childcare. Am I not allowed to be upset about that??

You are also mixing church and state.  You either must come from a viewpoint that says “We are one nation under God, founded on Judeo-Christian principles and values, which are to guide our governing and law-making, using the already established Constitution as a basis for law and justice”  OR “we are a nation ruled by humans, with no influence from religion, God, the Bible, or the church, and relying on none other than our own understanding, judgment and humanistic common sense.” That’s basically it.

Of course I have some harsh words of my own for the wimpy, apathetic, selfish, non-Jesus-like Church of today, but all I can do is MY part. And I’m doing my part to BE Jesus to those I meet, and BE the Church by involving myself in community organizations and efforts to reach out, and by trying to find/vote for leaders who have a worldview as much like the “one-nation-under-God” one as possible.
And as for the pro-life stance differing from issue to issue….  Read your Bible.  You’ll find that Justice, as it relates to crime and punishment, is biblical.  Murder, as it relates to the killing of the unborn, irrefutably not biblical.

2 verses I’ve probably quoted to you before:
Isaiah 1:16b-17
Stop doing wrong,
learn to do right!
Seek justice,
encourage the oppressed.
Defend the cause of the fatherless,
plead the case of the widow.

James 1:27
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:
to look after orphans and widows in their distress
and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

October 9, 2010

Question For The Week

by Vince

Please email me at vgiordano at gmail dot com.

Why do some see it necessary, to the point of passing laws, for life to be protected in relevance to abortion but seem anti-life with supporting wars, capital punishment, and loathing government acting as safety nets for those down and out and in need of nourishment and support?