A Time for Peace

The streets of Boston are safe tonight and I can imagine that there will be much celebrating in the streets of Beantown.

An amazing law enforcement effort to capture the suspect and that they were able to take him alive. We are all indebted to their service and need to remember this the next time they seek pay raises.

Now the question that remains is whether we can really move towards peace as a country? Can we move into a place where we value the safety of our citizens, but also the dignity of human life?

Massachusetts does not offer the death penalty, but this is a federal issue and therefore the death penalty may be invoked by the powers that be, acting on our behalf.

And that, after all Boston and our country has been through, should disturb us.

We deserve better. The world needs us to be an example here and terrorism needs to see that we do not act as they do. We value human life and those principles need to be upheld.

Vengeance, even when we think it can be justified, is never OK. We cannot latch on to hatred, but must always cling to love. Love of country, love of life, love of justice. Justice will punish, but will never hate.

Those that died will not be brought back by our taking of another life. It will only turn us into what the terrorists hope we become.

We can honor those who have been lost best, by not taking revenge in the taking of another life. We’ve already killed one of the two terrorists and that’s a tragedy, albeit not necessarily intentional. Now we need to get information from the second terrorist and lock him up for a long time, making him restore justice long-term.

The death penalty, the taking of another human life is just one more form of violence that we should not tolerate. We are one of the few countries that still impart this penalty. The others? You’ve got the world’s great dictatorships and autocracies: Iran, Zimbabwe, China, North Korea, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, Cuba, Belarus. Then you have many undeveloped countries: Somalia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sudan, Congo, Chad, Yemen, Guinea, amd Bangladesh.

So who’s left among developed countries? India, Japan, Nigeria, Uganda, Botswana, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Kuwait, Oman, Lebanon, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates and Iraq.

And of course, the United States.

That’s not a club I want my country to be a member of. The United States is also the only G-8 country to use the death penalty.

We’re better than this. We cannot afford to be associated with barbarism, under the guise of state sanctioned justified vengeance.

We deserve more. We are far more resilient than simply moving into murder. Violence begets violence.

Can we finally stop the violence? If so, we need to take the first step.

So let us pray for justice that is humane and places us in an honorable place of defending life. All life, even life that we don’t like and are angry with. For that courage to seek peace, to meet violence with peace, is where we must turn this day.

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3 thoughts on “A Time for Peace”

  1. Thank you for this Mike, thank you. I am already disturbed by so many things that I have read and seen. Prayers for peace and justice abound.

  2. Most Euro countries who led the world against the death penalty execute children in the womb via liberal abortion laws…how are they inherently superior to your list?
    Japan has the death penalty, a very aesthetic culture, and used it last summer four times and is a safer place to visit than almost every Catholic country on earth…two of which are one and two as having the highest murder rates in the world: El Salvador and Honduras. Catholicism from 1253 til the 17th century burned about 6000 people to death ( Will Durant figure). That was an extreme and their current anti death penalty campaign is partly a guilt reaction to that past through John Paul II whose writing on the matter is actually illogical but no one reads him in Evangelium Vitae where he recurringly brings up God’s protection of Cain from execution. What he doesn’t notice ( do any of our Popes really read detail in the OT?) is that this same God gives a death penalty AFTER Cain is dead in Genesis 9:5-6 to both Jews and Gentiles WHEN God is about to start the first government under Nimrod in Genesis 10. Ergo God indeed protected Cain from private revenge but later that God established state administered execution in Gen. 9:5-6. John Paul saw Gen.9:5-6 and quoted the non death penalty section of it four times in EV and effectively hid the death penalty part from his readers four times. He also nevers shows the reader Rom.13:4 which is a repeat of Gen.9:5-6 but in the New Testament.

  3. Let’s see if you censor God’s word in Romans 13:4 in the nab Catholic translation:
    ” But if you do evil, be afraid, for it does not bear the sword without purpose; it is the servant of God to inflict wrath on the evildoer.”

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