|Troy Davis, scheduled to die as I type this.|
Let's call this new group My Human Rights Principles. The first speaks to the most basic right of all.
- The death penalty is immoral and should be abolished everywhere, including the U.S.
When he was executed, I didn't mind. I had no regrets and felt better for his passing. That's, however, because I'm a weak and imperfect soul, not because it turns out the death penalty is somehow justified in his case. It only demonstrates that good men and women find it hard to mourn the loss of a vicious psychopath. It doesn't make us right. It's a clear reminder of why we should struggle to defend our principles, even in the face of our human frailties.
We can be made to pay for our acts of revenge; we can never be made to pay for mercy and forgiveness, for we are rewarded by their very acts.
Update: The U.S. Supreme Court has opted to not intervene, leaving Troy Davis no further appeals.
Update 2: Troy Davis pronounced dead, by lethal injection, this evening at 11:08 PM ET.