Thursday, August 10, 2006

There's a crazy person in my online class! help!

Right now I am taking an online government class and we are having a disscussion about crime and punishment. There is one person who is absolutley insane. She thinks that the death penalty should be implemented in every state, and that injections are too easy on murderers. She thinks that the murderers should have to suffer when executed, aka, chopping them into little pieces, "at least" bringing back the electric chair. She also uses "an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth" as an argument saying that "why shouldn't we do it if it's in the Bible?" I need some help! How do I respond to this person! I have to have everything in by 11:59 friday, so I need responses pretty soon. Thanks so much for helping, I was simply in shock reading her sick and twisted posts! (of course I can't call her sick and twisted on the disscussion board or I'll get in trouble with the teacher.)


Blogger Brad said...

I'm sorry if this is a little late, and unfortunately I don't have a ton of time, but here's my best shot (and this is from a very Christological perspective so I don't know how useful it is):

Justice is important because it addresses a wrong. Crimes deserve punishment. Mercy forgives wrongs and lets go of hate. Justice and mercy are not two opposing forces, but are two sides of the same reality (God is eternally just, but he is also eternally merciful). Justice demands reparation be made for a crime committed while mercy seeks to forgive past wrongs and help the one harmed. A person who is a risk for harming others should not be allowed to be put in situations where that harm can occur again, however. Hate never really solves anything and won't bring a murdered person back to life.

That was just my 2 cents, though (with a little bit of John Paul II thrown in). I have to get going though, sorry I couldn't be of more help.

2:46 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rose said...

Thanks Brad, it helps a lot, and it's not too late at all.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

This is an excerpt from an essay I wrote about John Paul II and peace that does a better job of saying what I was trying to say earlier:

John Paul II cites justice as a “pillar of peace ,” but states that “human justice is always fragile and imperfect, subject as it is to the limitations and egoism of individuals and groups .” Therefore, forgiveness must accompany justice. Many people today would say that mercy and justice are two irreconcilable extremes, but this is not the case. More than just the “temporary cessation of hostilities,” the pope maintains that forgiveness involves the “deepest healing of the wounds which fester in human hearts .” All too often contemporary society looks at forgiveness as a weakness and violence results out of a very worldly concept of justice. The pope said, “Forgiveness in fact always involves an apparent short-term loss for a real long-term gain. Violence is the exact opposite; opting as it does for an apparent short term gain, it involves a real and permanent loss .” “By itself, justice is not enough. Indeed, it can even betray itself, unless it is open to that deeper power which is love .” Justice may still require reparation, however, it “seeks to reintegrate individuals and groups into society, and States into the community of Nations. No punishment can suppress the inalienable dignity of those who have committed evil. The door to repentance and rehabilitation must always remain open .”

Most of the stuff in quotes came form his 2002 World Day of Peace Message (which I highly recommend reading, btw). Hopefully that made a little more sense.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Sarah Rose said...

Thanks brad! I already made my post, (I posted my response on the blog too if you want to take a look at it), but that is still really great imformation. I have probably revealed my Catholicism to the class, but I wouldn't consider that bad. Just because an argument was founded in religion doesn't make it invalid, and I just really felt I needed to show an example of forgivness and love to such a hateful person. It's the end of the week, so I'll just have to see if she responds. Even if she rips me apart, it's really nice knowing I've got Corpus Christi to help and support me.

8:07 PM  
Blogger Sean Nolan said...

and don't ever forget that we are here to show our love and support sarah (or else... [dramatic fist clenching and waving]) (that last part was sarcastic)

5:58 PM  

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