July 1, 2007

Every Life Has Value

As I think about the horrific things that were done to Chester Allan Poage, I cannot help but imagine how terrified he must have been as he was tortured to death.

As I think about Elijah Page's execution, I am saddened that the people of South Dakota respond to such brutality by continuing the violence and continuing the killing.

Though murder and execution are radically different, at the end of the day someone is killed by someone else. How do we teach our children which people are OK to kill and which people have enough value to live?

My faith informs me that all of us have enough value to live, no exceptions. Despite our actions, God's love for us never ceases, and our sacred worth never diminishes.

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