December 21, 2016
Now that the Charleston murderer is on trial (and remains as unrepentant as he was a YEAR AND A HALF ago), I re-post this. When I said he shouldn’t see Labor Day, I meant Labor Day 2015. He’s seen two too many. This is not about revenge – as I said, it is about JUSTICE. If he is not summarily executed, justice is not being done.
What Charleston SHOULD mean to us – ALL of us!
By Joe Scotto June 21, 2015
There was just a terrible crime that broke my heart.
A demonically-inspired murderer opened fire in a church that was simply having a Bible study and killed nine innocent Americans, my fellow Christians, including the God-anointed pastor. The murderer ran away and was captured. We know he did it – not only were there eyewitnesses who testify to his guilt, but he had been planning this attack for months, according to people who know him. There is no doubt that he committed this hideous crime. He should be given some time – oh, say, a week – before his trial to which he is entitled as an American citizen. After one day of deliberations, he should be taken out of the courtroom and quickly executed, by whatever means South Carolina decides. Or, better yet, get a 21-gun firing squad, armed with identical pistols to the one he used to perpetrate his crime. Give one only a blank, so every soldier doesn’t have a death on his conscience (each can believe that it was HIS gun with the blank). Stand the same distance he was to his closest victim. And his name should not be published more than it legally has to be (send THAT information down your memory hole, media!).
But no – it won’t happen that way. We’ve seen this before: that murderer who killed a bunch of innocent people in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, nearly three years ago, is still alive. He didn’t deliberate for months, spending precious taxpayers’ money and a huge number of legal hours to decide if each of his victims deserved to die – HE was their executioner, for people who had committed no crimes worthy of execution.
The same is true of the Boston Marathon murderer. He didn’t meditate on the cruel and inhuman thing he was about to do, or the lives he would, again, take away from people unjustly. He just set those bombs off where they would do the most damage to people who had come to participate or watch a great American tradition. Why is he drawing breath? He gave no such mercy to his victims – he only wished he could have killed more!
The Fort Hood murderer committed his act of unjust execution in November of 2009 – five and a half years ago, not one second of which has there been any repentance on the part of the “shooter”. Why is he not where he put his victims? It took us six long years to put Timothy McVeigh where he belonged, six years after he made himself judge, jury, and executioner to another group of innocent people in that Oklahoma City bombing, including babies.
This is what we should be discussing – the logic of the death penalty for those who took it upon themselves to murder their fellow humans. It wouldn’t be any different if any of these perpetrators had killed nine atheists from Singapore. It shouldn’t matter why any of these did what they did – there is no doubt at all that they deliberately committed their actions and only failed, from their perspective, because they didn’t kill or maim many, many more.
Why do we protect the guilty, letting their acts of unspeakable violence stand for so long, without final justice for the hurting families? First of all, the Bible is clear that capital punishment by the government is not only acceptable, but necessary. Starting in Genesis 9 (long after the first murder, when Cain killed his brother Abel), Elohim (the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob) gave human government the right to take lives for murder. In verse 6, the Lord says to Noah, and to his descendants: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” Repeatedly, throughout the Old Testament, Yahweh (I AM WHO I AM, God’s covenant name with Israel) gives human government the legitimate authority to, justifiably, take lives.
It doesn’t change in the New Testament. Jesus affirmed the legitimacy of the death penalty when He told Peter to put away his sword, when he got ready to defend Jesus from being arrested. He said, in Matthew 26:52, “…For all who take the sword will perish by the sword.” He wasn’t just telling him how foolish it was to fight a very large mob with one sword; He was affirming the Roman government’s right to execute Peter for murder if he murdered someone. In Romans 13, Paul discusses the obligation of the Christian to obey the government. In verse 5, he says “But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.” The government has the right to use a “sword” against evildoers, especially murderers.
It also doesn’t matter why he did it. The only reason to keep him alive is to see if he had any accomplices. Once we’re sure he acted alone, he should be dispatched to follow the nine people he had no right at all to have even hurt. As in all these cases, executing a murderer is not cruel; it is just. What these perpetrators did was cruel: not only did they deliberately take the lives of people who were innocent, but they caused severe harm to their living family members.
I’ve heard the argument, “But there have been cases where innocent people have been put on death row, or even executed.” And, of course, if there is any doubt at all, there should not be an execution. But can anyone doubt the guilt of the murderers mentioned above? Absolutely not! So, in these kinds of cases, justice needs to be swift, and justice demands an execution as quickly as it is possible with a correctly working legal system.
Did anyone notice what I haven’t mentioned yet? It was (and remains) the first thing anybody mentions about this case. The reason why the media instantly and breathlessly labeled it a “hate crime.” You know – race. This should have had nothing to do with race (it does NOW!) unless we were talking about the human race – which we were not. Now think for a minute: which murder is NOT a hate crime? Aren’t they all? Did the Aurora killer love the people in the audience at that movie theater? Did the Boston Marathon bomber not hate his victims? Is that why the Oklahoma City bomber killed all those people in that government building – out of a sense of compassion and affection for the victims? Did the “Fort Hood Shooter” really like the non-Muslims he shot? These questions are ludicrous – of course they were hate crimes! And the only thing any of them regretted is that they didn’t wipe out a lot more!
Just because this latest self-appointed assassin was a “white supremacist” is irrelevant. He’s a vile, vicious, unconscionable, unjust taker of precious human lives. The only thing that makes his crime worse for me is that he killed his victims as they were studying God’s precious Word. He should have to stand before his Judge, the Lord Jesus Christ, whose followers he sent home. And even though he sent them to heaven (as believers in their Savior Jesus), that doesn’t excuse his vicious crimes.
This cannot be about race. I have previously (on August 3, 2013 on PennLive) expressed my views on “the race problem.” My conclusion was: there is one race God cares about – the human race. Race, as it is understood in our world today, is a false concept. Genetically, there is no such thing as a race, as it is commonly understood. There are ethnic groups, of course, but not “races” (but the human one, as I mentioned). And, as I mentioned above, it wouldn’t matter if his victims were nine atheists from Singapore – I would feel exactly the same way toward this heinous criminal.
We must get away from this “identity crisis” Satan and his followers want to put us in. What do I mean by “identity crisis”? I mean this “identity politics crisis” we have allowed the demonic forces in high places to put us into. The goal: to separate people into groups. The more we separate into groups in this nation, the more the devil wins. Identity politics could also be referred to a Balkanization: the breaking up of people into such disparate groups that there can’t possibly be any unity. If this happens – and it has been happening for a while – there will truly be no peace. Or, more likely, the only peace will come by the brute force of a dictatorship. “Someone” will see that “this racial violence has just gotten out of control,” and will do something – like declare martial laws and, maybe, suspend all elections? “Oh, yeah. Just until things settle down.” That’s where all this is leading, if we let the media lead the way. Our freedom is at stake!
Here’s what we all have to agree with:
- A murderer killed nine precious innocent people at a Bible study in a church in South Carolina.
- The perpetrator has been captured and made to face the real hurting victim’s, the families his victims left behind.
- He must have a GENUINELY speedy trial, because every American should have his legal rights, no matter how excremental he is.
- He needs to be executed in as close a way as possible to the way he killed his victims, very soon after the trial. He should not see the next Labor Day.
- The other murderers mentioned need to have justice done, soon!
- We are all the same race – the human race – both biologically and socially. This vile act hurts me (who happens not to be African-American) as much as it hurts a leader of the NAACP or any other American.
We must all desire to see Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, dream come true: “I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”
I have a dream today.