ARKANSAS IS IN THE PROCESS OF CARRYING OUT EXECUTIONS OF CONVICTED MURDERERS BEFORE ITS SUPPLY OF LETHAL-INJECTION DRUGS EXPIRES. ONE BLOGGER IS SO ANGRY THAT HE HAS CALLED THE PRINCIPLES OF BIBLICAL JUSTICE “STUPID”…
He has personal history with murder. He writes:
“We must bring the families justice and closure,” is their constant refrain.
I say bulls**t.
My grandfather was murdered on the night of September 18, 1968.
They never caught the guys who did it.
They never even looked for them.
But even if they had tried them, found them guilty, and executed them, it wouldn’t mean a damn thing to me or the rest of my family.
Killing those guys wouldn’t bring my grandfather back.
I wouldn’t have slept better one night over the last 50 years.
He then educates us on biblical law:
You know that Biblical phrase “An eye for an eye”?
I’m not spinning this; I’m fluent in biblical Hebrew and I know what I’m talking about.
The literal translation of the phrase is actually “An eye under an eye.”
In other words, if someone takes out someone else’s eye, the Bible imposes a civil penalty.
The miscreant must pay the victim a maximum of the financial value of being able to see with both eyes.
Which brings us to the state of Arkansas, which is rushing to put to death eight men for capital murder.
First of all, he makes it sound like “life for life” as written in the Bible shouldn’t actually be interpreted as calling for the death penalty for murder. He is wrong because he doesn’t consider other key verses in his hasty analysis.
ECONOMIC RESTITUTION FOR CRIMES
Generally, his analysis of “lex talionis” is correct: the eye-for-an-eye called out in the Bible, referred to as “lex talionis,” is not the same brutality practiced in Hammurabi’s code. It is generally referring to the economic penalty associated with performing certain crimes. If you knock out a man’s tooth, “tooth for tooth” means the criminal should compensate the man for his lost tooth. How much is a lost-tooth worth, financially, economically?