Saturday, January 30, 2010
Scott Roeder found guilty of murder
This is the only verdict that was possible. The defense of "necessity" was correctly excluded by the judge prior to the trial.
There's a lot of misinformed comment on the web now -- such as here Bruce Maiman "Populist" blog where he asks if Roeder should be executed.
Roeder cannot be executed
Roeder cannot be sentenced to the death penalty, even though Kansas has a law providing for lethal injection. The murder of Tiller was not committed in the special circumstances. However, there are seven on Kansas' death row.
Pro-life groups did not support a verdict of not guilty
Another problem with discussion of the verdict on the web is the unsupported claim that pro-life groups desired a verdict of non-guilty. Catholic groups did not. Operation Rescue did not. Even Randall Terry doesn't condemn the verdict only the rhetoric from pro-life groups which he feels undermine the pro-life cause.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 4:38 PM Permalink
Monday, January 25, 2010
Barack Obama: blasphemer
I thought that when the occasion would come for mentioning the Holy Name of Jesus Christ, my Savior, and if we are to take Obama at his word, his Savior as well, he would do so with the same respect he has shown for the faith of Islam. He is careful to say add to the mention of the Prophet Mohamed "Peace be upon him". His pronunciation of the Holy Q'ran (Koran) is with a clipped "k=" and not a "ko-" as in "coconut". He is correctly respectful to Islam. What about his own faith, Christianity?
At an appearance at Georgetown University, a nominally Catholic university, his advance team demanded that sacred images be covered up. The greater scandal here was that the Jesuit administration of Georgetown complied.
But when it came to Obama mentioning the Holy Name with the same respect he has shown for the name of Allah, the Most Merciful and the name of The Prophet, Peace Be Upon Him, he has failed, in fact he has blasphemed.
There are "mock oaths" -- a legacy of film and television codes of decency. Perry White had "Great Caesar's Ghost" and Yosemite Sam had "Jumping Jehosphat". We can only hope that this only a lame attempt at humor.
I have been looking for a sincere and respected invocation of the name of Jesus by the President and have yet to find it. I will keep looking.
posted by Patrick Sweeney at 7:06 PM Permalink