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“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“The ultimate test of a moral society is the kind of world that it leaves to its children.”
~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Herr Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born on February 4, 1906 in Germany. He was a Lutheran pastor, theologian and an anti-nazi. His views and beliefs of the role of the Christian religion in a secular world has influenced many around the world. He also opposed Nazism and upon learning about the brutal and heinous crimes committed by the Nazis, he concluded that “the ultimate question for a responsible man to ask is not how he is to extricate himself heroically from the affair, but how the coming generation shall continue to live”.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was one of the few church leaders who stood in courageous opposition to Adolf Hitler and his Nazi ideology, political, social and race policies.

Pastor Bonhoeffer was imprisoned at Konzentrationslager Flossenbürg (Flossenburg concentration camp in the region of Bavaria in Germany). He was condemned to death on April 8, 1945 for his anti-Nazi views and for his involvement in the conspiracy to kill Adolf Hitler. The following day, he was stripped of his clothing and led naked into the execution yard, where he was hanged from a thin wire. Pastor Bonhoeffer breathed his last on April 9, 1945.

The camp doctor who witnessed the execution wrote: “I saw Pastor Bonhoeffer… kneeling on the floor praying fervently to God. I was most deeply moved by the way this lovable man prayed, so devout and so certain that God heard his prayer. At the place of execution, he again said a short prayer and then climbed the few steps to the gallows, brave and composed. His death ensued after a few seconds. In the almost fifty years that I worked as a doctor, I have hardly ever seen a man die so entirely submissive to the will of God.”

Excellent book ~ Dietrich Bonhoeffer: A Biography by Eberhard Bethge.

20th anniversary of the assassination against ...

20th anniversary of the assassination against Adolf Hitler on July 20th 1944 :*Graphics by Gerd und E. Aretz :*Ausgabepreis: 20 Pfennig :*First Day of Issue / Erstausgabetag: 20. Juli 1964 :*Michel-Katalog-Nr: 433 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Government Sanctioned Killings Around the World – Capital Punishment

CAPITAL PUNISHMENT BY THE NUMBERS

THE KING CAN DO NO WRONG…at least that is what they want us to believe in. I for some reason was under the impression that Thomas Hobbes theory titled “Divine Rights of Kings” was ancient history. However, this is not the first time I have been proven wrong.

Well here is a synopsis of Amnesty International’s report titled “Death Sentences and Executions 2011”.

  • Total of at least twenty (20) countries executed people.
  • The youngest country in the world South Sudan too carried out capital punishment.
  • In the year 2011 at least 676 executions were carried out worldwide. In the year 2010 at least 527 executions were carried out worldwide.
  • The 2011 figure jumped significantly due to “increase in judicial killings in Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia”.

(A)   Capital Punishment in USA:

  • Amnesty Int’l is at odds with Washington D.C. for being “in its dubiously bad place on this fundamental human rights issue”.
  • The USA is the only country in the western hemisphere or the among the G8 countries (USA, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Russia & Japan) to kill its prisoners.
  • USA has the 5th highest number of executions in the world.
  • Number #1 spot goes to China
  • Number #2 spot goes to Iran
  • Number #3 spot goes to Saudi Arabia
  • Number #4 spot goes to Iraq
  1. The State of Texas, located in southern United States, carried out the largest number of executions in 2010.
  2. Texas executed thirteen (13) human beings in 2010
  3. If Texas was a country it would take the 7th spot in the world. Ranking between North Korea and Somalia.
(B)   Capital Punishment in Mainland* China: 
*The death penalty is not practiced in Hong Kong or Macau, which are separate jurisdictions under the “one country, two systems” principle.
  1.  The minimum age one can be sentenced to death is eighteen (18).
  2. Fifty-five (55) crimes carry the death penalty, ranging from murder, treason, drug trafficking, aggravated murder, armed rebellion to bribery and smuggling.
  3. Crimes such as theft of cultural relics, killing of Pandas, no longer carries the death penalty
  4. Thirteen (13) other crimes, including VAT fraud, smuggling relics and credit fraud, were only recently removed from the list of capital offences.
  5.  Many human rights monitors, NGOs & watchdog groups strongly believe that actual numbers are astronomically higher than the official records on executions.
  6. According to Dui Hua Foundation, China executed some 5,000 people in the year 2009. This number is higher than all the executions carried out around the globe.  The exact figures may never be known, since the Chinese government regards them as a “state secret”.

Organ Transplants & Capital Punishment in China:  

  • In 2009 Beijing publicly admitted that two-thirds of all organs used in transplants in China are taken from executed prisoner.
  • For decades a underground economy flourished at the expense of the dead and young conscripts in the armed forces.
  • Under the prevailing law, organs can only be taken from condemned prisoners if they give written consent, however the law is rarely followed.
  • Today, the Red Cross Society of China educates the public and encourage them to offer their organs for donation. The Chinese Red Cross has created a vast database of potential donors & financial assistance is given to under privilege families of such volunteers.

Author’s thoughts: When a government puts an individual(s) to death, it is nothing more than premeditated murder. Here, the state is the (bad) actor who commits a crime which wrongfully causes the death of another human being. Wrongfully because, life belongs to the liver [no pun intended], the intended recipient and NOT to Kings, Queens, nobility or governments. The human institutions do not have a right to take life away from the “condemned” in the name of justice or retribution.

The state actor rationally considers the timing, method and means of the execution so as to bring certainty that death occurs and the “condemned” will die when such methods or means of execution are applied on his humanly body.

In my humble opinion violence begets violence. Life is too precious and government’s have no right to take it away. Two wrongs do not make a right. The alternative is life imprisonment without possibility of parole. Live & Let Live. ~ Please, spread the word. Thanks.

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