Capital punishment is fucked. I mean, I think it's so fucked that it really bugs me that I have to argue the point: if it's wrong to kill someone in cold blood, then the death penalty is fucking murder (and never mind the fact that killing murderers is nothing more than sheer laziness in whatever society still happens to practice this particular form of barbarism). And what really sticks in my craw is how many death penalty proponents claim (falsely, so it seems) to be Christians. I hate to tell you this, assholes, but you cannot be both a Christian and support the death penalty. I guess you'll all be seein' my atheist ass in hell (assuming you all believe a single fucking word of the shit you spew, that is).
So why am I on about this tonight? Why am I interrupting an otherwise enjoyable evening of getting drunk, listening to tunes, and generally annoying my friends on the web? This is why:
Next week, the State of Mississippi is going to strap Dale Leo Bishop to a prison gurney and shoot him full of deadly chemicals. He's going to die for murder although he killed no one. He's going to die even though his case was grossly mishandled by a lawyer who refused to present mitigating evidence of the horrible abuse Bishop suffered as a child and his life-long struggle with mental illness. He's going to die even though the man whom prosecutors admit is the one who committed the murder has been spared, while Bishop has been condemned to execution by lethal injection.
Please, read the whole story. There's a link at the end where you can write the Governor of Mississippi (at this point Bishop's only hope). If I can do it from here in Japan (and I did), you can do it too, wherever you are.