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29.3.05

You want to know why the Ten Commandments is bad in a courthouse? Because it would give weight to decisions made for reasons like this:

Death penalty tossed over bible verses
The Colorado Supreme Court on Monday threw out the death penalty in a rape-and-murder case because jurors had studied Bible verses such as "eye for eye, tooth for tooth" during deliberations.

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The Supreme Court said that "at least one juror in this case could have been influenced by these authoritative passages to vote for the death penalty when he or she may otherwise have voted for a life sentence."
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[T]he jurors had gone outside the law. "They went to the Bible to find out God's position on capital punishment," she said. Prosecutors had argued that jurors should be allowed to refer to the Bible or other religious texts during deliberations.

You know the part that scares me. I mean, other than the fact that Colorado, while red, isn't one of the MOST conservative places and if that's what they do there, what exactly are they doing in Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, etc? They just ignore the entire New Testament. Where Jesus talked about turning the other cheek. Where he spoke AGAINST most of the commandments in the Old Testament. I mean, if you are going to be all religious, at least don't rely on what your guy argued against. (Except if they were Jewish, in which case I am ok with that).

3 Comments:

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger Matthew said…

    Great post, Stephanie, although I think it's worth pointing out that the majority of those who follow Christianity have always chosen to follow the rougher elements of the religion, rather than the more peaceful.

    It's a little too early in the morning for me to think straight enough as to the myriad of reasons why, but I think one definite reason probably has to do with the fact that the negative elements of Christianity (and there are many) play into our baser instincts and fears, and those are always easier to fall prey to.

    The better elements of Christianity, especially the teaching of Jesus, require people to actually not give in to their base instincts. It asks that they better themselves as loving, caring, empathetic human beings. It asks people to put some work into their lives (and I'm not talking about the 9-5 rat race work that we've created for ourselves).

    Unfortunately, many people don't feel the inclination to better themselves in such a way, even if the directive comes from a god that they supposedly believe in and adore.

    Sad, really.

     
  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger Me said…

    I think that's partially because religion itself can be decisive. How many branches of Christianity alone say that if you are not a Baptist, or a Methodist, or a Catholic, even though your religion is also Christian, you are still going to hell?? But you are absolutely right that people have always been drawn to the baser side of religion, rather than the truly "spriritual" side of religion. And it's just *easier* to hate than love. Love takes courage; hatred doesn't. Hatred runs off of fear, off of loneliness, off of all the feelings that we have throughout the day. You don't have to make a conscious effort to hate; you do have to make a conscious effort to love. It *is* hard work, you are right. It's not just accepting what people in charge tell you because it's easier, but it's critically looking at what is Right and Wrong. There is nothing more uplifting, or sadder, than religion.

     
  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger NYCbeauty said…

    When I was in law school, my boyfriend and I sent away for info on "Regent University Law School" founded by Pat Robertson. It was hilarious. You read case law and bible law side by side...and it's accredited! My boyfriend wanted to go as a visiting student for a year to expose what really happens there...but you have to live on campus in single sex dorms or you can get thrown out. So we nixed that idea.

     

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