“In Nebraska, voters reinstated the death penalty. California had two competing measures on its ballot, one repealing its rarely used death penalty (FAILED) and another that would speed up appeals so convicted murderers are actually executed (PASSED). Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a measure to make it harder to abolish capital punishment. It also declared that the death penalty is not a cruel or unusual punishment.”
This is a tough issue. I’m not a blood-thirsty guy. If someone murdered someone I loved, knowing they were executed or even watching it happen myself would not make me feel better. All that really matters, though, is what God says about the government executing criminals.
For he (the ruler) is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
God apparently saw the need for a death penalty. I’m not saying it’s good for a society any more than, say, the Allies going to war against the evil of the Nazis, but then NOT doing it may well be worse.
OK, I know it’s assisted suicide, euthanasia, or some other pleasant-sounding name. I still say – and so does the law, by the way – that any death caused by human intervention is murder. I have much more to say on this topic, but I’ll just ask you to search these topics on my blog: Euthanasia, Abortion
Here’s what happened with this issue last month:
“65% of Colorado voters approved a measure that will allow physicians to assist a terminally ill person in dying. with a sleeping medication that becomes lethal in high doses…joining Oregon, Washington, California, Vermont and Montana.”
Just a thought; if you can off someone with an overdose of sleeping medication, why all the problems this past year with legal injection? Orders of the wrong drugs resulted on a swing and a miss on the actual death itself or an especially gruesome show in another case. One prison discovered that the one company that makes this lethal cocktail has decided to stop making it.
Why couldn’t someone run over to Walgreens and get a case of Unisom?
My point being, when we want to kill someone who’s suffering, we can do it pretty well. If it’s a murderer/kidnapper/rapist who’s on death row, we suddenly turn stupid.
UP IN SMOKE
“Eight states voted to legalize marijuana for recreational or medical use on Tuesday, now giving nearly a quarter of Americans access to cannabis. California, Massachusetts and Nevada voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a huge boost to the campaign to allow pot nationwide. Californians may have embraced marijuana on Tuesday, but the tobacco industry received a major blow in the state.”
So smoke that calms nerves and maybe gives you a bit of a kick is very bad. Smoke that essentially intoxicates you (and I’m focusing on the recreational legalization here) is good. Both are smoke and inherently not good for our lungs.
I’ve heard the alcohol argument, but justifying doing something wrong because it is similar to something else that is wrong is just stupid.
I had a friend who stopped smoking pot in high school, because he realized he was losing his enviable vocabulary, and his effectiveness on the debate team was declining. I am thinking it not an unreasonable conclusion that folks fighting for legalization of recreational marijuana use by making the alcohol comparison simply didn’t quit smoking the dope soon enough.
“California residents rejected an initiative that would have required adult film actors to use condoms while filming sex scenes.”
I once spoke with someone whose friend owned a strip club. He would go in just to talk to the girls and make sure they were OK. Most of them had alcohol and drugs problems to one degree or another. The tragedy is that those problems only surfaced as the girls self-medicated to deal with the negative psychological effects of stripping and being objectified by leering men.
A few Californians were worried about condoms. I repeat: “Um…”
“…voters in California and Washington state toughened gun control laws.”
See my article from last December: https://jeffreyhking.wordpress.com/2015/12/29/gun-violence/
Also see this Washington Post article on gun violence: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/wonk/wp/2015/12/03/weve-had-a-massive-decline-in-gun-violence-in-the-united-states-heres-why/?tid=sm_tw
See the full article on November issues: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3919096/Death-penalty-minimum-wage-gun-control-right-die-America-voted-measures-affecting-country.html