Thursday, May 1, 2014

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

Europe is outraged that the U.S. could botch an execution. Yes, it is embarrassing that it took 43 minutes for Clayton Lockett to die after he was injected. As one twitter user noted:

“How could Oklahoma botch an execution? If there’s one thing I would expect Americans to know how to do by now, it’s kill somebody.”

However, given that Lockett duct taped, kidnapped, beat, gang-raped, shot, and then buried alive a 19-year-old girl, I don’t feel too bad for him. He willfully meted out more than 43 minutes of agony on an innocent victim (and raped her friend, too).

We can debate about whether death by lethal injection (or capital punishment in general) is “cruel and unusual punishment,” which is banned by the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. But what I don’t understand is how people are outraged by the situation in the U.S. when another country has just adopted sharia law. That’s correct…the small nation of Brunei in East Asia has joined many other countries around the world in adopting the Islamic criminal law, which includes “flogging, dismemberment and death by stoning for crimes such as rape, adultery and sodomy,” and it will apply to non-Muslims as well as Muslims. Where’s the outrage over that? 

WARNING: Graphic images of sharia law follow. 

Yes, this little boy is having his arm severed by a truck, as part of sharia law.

Where is the international outrage?


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