THOU SHALT NOT KILL

When the State takes on the role of Executioner it is a difficult dance. Lately
there has been a more complicated step or two added to this hustle with controversy
surrounding lethal injections and IQ problems in which prisoner will be actually executed. Of course the simple and obvious answer is: Stop doing it! I have always felt that to make executions is to cause someone to be involved in the killing of a killer. I don’t share Old Testament values. Every life may yet have something worth saving. Even that of a killer.
People say that changes if it happens to someone one knows and loves. I suppose I have not had that experience, nor do I want it.
I only know we should be better than our criminals. We should aim higher than the low. Or if we do go back to Old Testment values, THOU SHALT NOT KILL should be one of the ones we honor.

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About christineemmert

Words have been part of my life. First the spoken word in my time as an actress and increasingly the written word in my shift to writer. I write across the genres, but mostly as a playwright and poet. My interest as my life extends is in the realm of tethering myth to the mundane reality where I live. In this vein I have expanded into stories and novels. Presently I look at how myths taken from past cultures can affect us today. Hence my novella of Lilith which is out on Kindle . I live in the Eastern Woodlands where I try to incorporate nature into my many writing projects. We are so in danger of losing that link to our very planet!
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