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July 8, 2014

Making a spiritual case for abolishing the death penalty

Howard Falco, whose bio describes his as a "Self-Empowerment Expert" and "Spiritual Teacher," has this new commentary at The Huffington Post headlined "The Insanity of the Death Penalty." The piece is an interesting read, and here is an excerpt:

The single biggest reason to end the death penalty can be summed up in a quote by Albert Einstein, "No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it."

Simply killing under the rationalization of "justice" does not change the intended outcome of deterring anymore killing. It actually exacerbates the problem. What the death penalty in place says is that on some level of our nation's consciousness, killing is seen as "okay." This justification is the exact same justification used in the mind of a killer. They have convinced themselves in some way that it is ok in their mind to kill their intended victim.

In order to change the behavior that we admonish so greatly we must as a society rise above this way of thinking. As Gandhi famously said, "We must be the change we want to see in the world."

Every force we put out into the world, whether as an individual or a nation, has an equal and opposite force. We are learning this more than ever in the world of quantum physics and the understanding it reveals of how our thoughts and actions affect every aspect of our reality. These messages are not new however. They have been coming to us since biblical days.

Commandment number six, "Thou shalt not kill."

Luke 6:31 "As you wish other to do to you, do so to them."

Peter 3:8-10 "Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."

Besides biblical messaging there have been all sorts of common sense and simple wisdom sayings that we have heard for years from our teachers and parents such as the profound and extremely appropriate saying, "Two wrongs do not make a right."

The energy we put out as a civilized nation has a direct effect on what we experience as a nation. We must become more conscious of where we have become hypocrites to our own causes.

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Under the same logic, shouldn't we not issue fines or impose prison sentences?

Posted by: Res ipsa | Jul 8, 2014 1:25:39 PM

Is there is a reason the miscellaneous, incoherent, ramblings of a possibly intoxicated person have to be on display on a serious sentencing blog?

All points he makes have been repeatedly rebutted here. Why the repetitiveness?

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 8, 2014 6:04:12 PM

Supremacy - how are you qualified to rebutt the statements of Einstein, Gandhi, or the apostles Luke and Peter? You can make a political argument that ignores such statements, on the basis that looking tough on crime may increase your support, but that is not the same as a rebuttal, which requires evidence to prove the statements false. Howard Falco may not be everyone's idea of the most appropriate arbiter of the death penalty argument, but nothing he is reported to have said in the post can be said to be wrong or inappropriate. Neither is he alone in his beliefs.

Posted by: peter | Jul 9, 2014 7:49:33 AM

I do not recommend that anyone takes up a belief in God or adhere to the Christian religions. But, if you do, then think twice about the consequences of violating the Sixth Commandment of Thou Shalt Not Kill. When you live in a state that kills then the killing is done in your name and you are responsible. So, if you think that you are going to have some interview after your death with Saint Peter and you may get sent to Heaven, Hell or Limbo, then think twice before supporting executions or even living in a kill state. The more people you kill the more guilty you are. Ain't no exceptions for Texans in the Ten Commandments along the lines of: Y'all can.
But, if you are not God Fearing and think that you have exclusions and think that the Sears Roebuck Bible will get you off the hook then go on and advocate killing.

Posted by: Liberty1st | Jul 9, 2014 6:27:54 PM

Einstein was a physicist, and had Asperger, an idiot outside his field. Gandhi was, of course, a lawyer, good friend to Adolf Hitler, a foaming at the mouth anti-Semite, and a monumental lawyer dumbass of planetary proportion. If India had stayed a British colony, they could have had Canada instead of the poverty, the split of a nation causing the death of millions, and many wars. Idiot. Annoying, supercilious asshole, a filthy lawyer traitor to India. His assassination was the best thing that happened to India. His assassin was, of course, hanged. That is the way of the hypocritical lawyer. Kill one, you die. I live in a lawyer neighborhood, pull a gun there, you die at the scene.

Repeatedly, we have referenced the ancient Hebrew of Deuteronomy, you shall not murder. Over and over, the Bible contains prophecies and orders from God to slaughter everything in the enemy village to the last kitten. The Bible is a strong supporter of mass eradication, down to adultery. I do not even consider that a crime.

All other points have been rebutted.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 12, 2014 6:30:20 AM

Supremacy - your knowledge, or more likely your powers of research, really does leave a lot to be desired. I suggest you find a link to the actual contents of Gandhi's letter to Hitler - it opens thus:
"That I address you as a friend is no formality. I own no foes. My business in life has been for the past 33 years to enlist the friendship of the whole of humanity by befriending mankind, irrespective of race, colour or creed.
I hope you will have the time and desire to know how a good portion of humanity who have view living under the influence of that doctrine of universal friendship view your action. We have no doubt about your bravery or devotion to your fatherland, nor do we believe that you are the monster described by your opponents. But your own writings and pronouncements and those of your friends and admirers leave no room for doubt that many of your acts are monstrous and unbecoming of human dignity, especially in the estimation of men like me who believe in universal friendliness. Such are your humiliation of Czechoslovakia, the rape of Poland and the swallowing of Denmark. I am aware that your view of life regards such spoliations as virtuous acts. But we have been taught from childhood to regard them as acts degrading humanity. Hence we cannot possibly wish success to your arms."
As for Gandhi being an anti-semite, yes he opposed the land grab for a Jewish state at the expense of the Palestinians. Looking at todays mess and the conflict over so many years, are you sure he was wrong? His opposition to this act does not make him an anti-semite though. A pity a little of his "universal friendliness" hasn't rubbed off on you. At least he had Martin Luther King as an admirer.

Posted by: peter | Jul 13, 2014 4:28:10 PM

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