Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Capital Punishment Contradictions

Magazine article Canadian Dimension

Capital Punishment Contradictions

Article excerpt

A community's sense of justice is such an odd thing. In the Philippines there is currently a debate raging over capital punishment. The death penalty was reinstated approximately two years ago and since that time hundreds of people have been put on death row. The first prisoner to be executed in over a decade was scheduled to die at the beginning of January.

The newspapers are constantly quoting numbers of people who support the death penalty. Almost every Filipino I speak to is for it. The president is adamant about the need for this kind of "justice." The lone group that seems to speak out against it is the Catholic Church.

For those who don't know, the Philippines is an extremely catholic country. My co-workers - the ones who support capital punishment - always attend mass on Sundays and high holidays, and often on Wednesdays to boot! In the shopping mall at 6:00 PM everything stops for the evening prayer which is piped in over the intercom. Every person, all transactions. Catholic morality is evident in many of the county's laws - no divorce or abortion for example. And yet people are marching in the street demanding blood. Even though the Philippines will use lethal injection, the streets are filled with people demanding that all death row inmates be hung or shot immediately.

The Supreme Court gave a temporary stay of execution because a bill to revoke the death penalty is in front of congress right now. The Supreme Court has received bomb threats over this move, "After all," some say, "justice delayed is justice denied."

Where does this sense of justice come from? I imagine that many of these people would want to put someone on death row for committing an abortion. Why will they adhere to one doctrine of pro-life as sanctioned by the church while they chide the church for supporting another? …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.