Quran burning:Right to Protest or Just Plain Craziness?

September 8, 2010 § 1 Comment

As I am sure most of you have already heard, a Gainesville, Florida Pastor has planned a Quran( Muslim holy book) burning event for Saturday, September 11th to mark the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Despite much controversy, the pastor has said he stands by his decision to burn copies of the Quran and feels that the Muslim religion is evil.

General Petraeus has asked for this event to be stopped as he fears it will put the troops in Afghanistan at risk with Muslim soldiers. I feel Petraeus is right in his fears, it would be very logical to think the Muslims would be angered at Americans for doing such things and being bystanders to such an event. Americans of any religion would be quite angry at people in another country of faiths other than our own burning religious texts such as the Christian bible or the Jewish Torah and we would want to retaliate.

This Pastor may have the right to Protest his hatred for the Muslim religion but burning the Quran is going way to far. not only is he possibly endangering the troops overseas, but he is also damaging the world’s view of America. In other countries, news outlets do not show every piece of good news from America, but bad news pieces, such as those of Americans doing something like burning holy books, will definitely be big headline news all over the world. He is also ruining the reputation of his church as well.

Death by Firing Squad, Is it worse than Lethal Injection?

June 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Just after midnight on Friday, June 18th, Ronnie Gardner, convicted of killing two people and injuring a bailiff, was executed under the death penalty. But, unlike most death penalty executions, Gardner was not put to death by lethal injection, he was gunned down by a 5 man firing squad. Gardner had chosen his execution method himself. However, many people are upset not only because the 25 year death row inmate was executed, but by the method of  his execution. Despite the fact that it was his own choice but people are wondering how the state of Utah could allow such a thing.

In 2004, Utah passed legislature banning death by firing squad however since Gardner was sentenced to death before the legislature passed, he grandfathered the law and had the option to refuse lethal injection for the firing squad.

The American Civil Liberties Union called the Gardner’s execution barbaric. An NPR commenter said it was proof of Satanism. But, if it was the prisoner’s choice, was the state wrong to allow it? Is death by firing squad any more wrong than lethal injection?

With lethal injection, a person falls asleep and their body shuts down. With the firing squad, the person is shot until they are dead, and in the case of Gardner he had chosen to meet his demise by being gunned down,so he wasn’t taken by surprise like the people he himself had killed.

While capital punishment may not be the answer and it is not going to bring back his victims, was his own killing anymore barbaric than it would have been had he been injected?

Let me know what you think!

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