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← Texas man faces execution after jurors consult Bible to decide fate

j.mills's Avatar Jump to comment 19 by j.mills

Yeah, as per what Machinus said, it sounds like a retrial is more in order than a commutation. (What am I saying?! I'm agin' the death penalty!)

Kate Allen, Amnesty International's UK director, said Oliver's trial was a "travesty".

"Religious texts provide consolation and spiritual guidance for billions of people the world over, but this use of the Bible to decide life or death in a capital trial is deeply, deeply troubling," she said.
By giving them the inch, Kate is giving them the mile. If the 'spiritual guidance' is worth a damn, then so too are the injunctions to kill for jeebus. The jury system is intrinsically problematic, but the line should be that judgement is made on the basis of the evidence presented. It isn't even the religiosity of the text that's the problem; it's the introduction of extraneous material. It would be just as 'wrong' to consult To Kill A Mockingbird...

(Although I could be talking rubbish. It's late.)

Sat, 17 Oct 2009 21:59:00 UTC | #406347