Wednesday, September 08, 2004

food for thought

I have very mixed feelings about the death penalty. I really don't know how I'd react if called to serve on a jury for a capital murder case. Addendum: of course I would serve, but I've no idea what I would say when asked for my views. I worry about the possibility (nay probability) of making a mistake, I'm not sure that I believe closure is possible, but I also know that there are some individuals whose personalities have been so badly damaged... yet I firmly believe that life is sacred, and no one is beyond redemption in the eyes of God.

I have a link to privatehand's hilarious animation of Tom Lehrer's "The Elements" in my "Quick Distractions" section. Privatehand has also done a much more serious piece about the last requests of prisoners before execution. It takes a while to load, but is powerful viewing. Last Request.

Words Written: two hundred and twenty-six
Lessons Graded: eighteen, plus I caught a would-be plagarist


TeacherRefPoet said...

I, too, am ambivalent at best about the death penalty.

Except for plagiarists. Them I'd fry.

Jay said...

wow, that's a bit disturbing and weird. Crazy thoughts come to my mind when i watch that.

Anonymous said...

I'm totally opposed to the death penalty - it's nothing sort of premeditated murder in my opinion. Thankfully it was abolished in the UK almost 40 years ago.