The judge scolds the young man who murdered her. Calling him "evil," he says
“You are a bully who will hit and injure anyone who gets in his way. Particularly women. And particularly women with whom you are in a relationship. You are dangerous beyond words.”Wow. Harsh. Judge sounds all riled, eh?
Well, for the young lady, death. She's dead now. She'll be dead next year. And in five years, ten, fifteen, twenty years....
And she'll still be dead when her murderer gets out of prison — assuming he serves the whole 24 years of his sentence.
The value of her life, then? Twenty-four years of taxpayers supporting, housing, guarding, and picking up the medical bills for her murderer.
Then there's actor Kelsey Grammer, whose deep, mellifluous voice I wish I had. Ah, but did you know that his younger sister was brutally murdered in 1975? Yes, when 18, Karen Elisa Grammer was raped, and then stabbed to death. A man was sentenced to... free support for life on the taxpayers' dime.
But wait, there's more.
Grammer's sister is still dead, and it clearly still tears him up. But the murderer is still alive. He was initially sentenced to death — which makes sense, as he was found guilty of murdering three people. But that sentence was commuted to (A) life, all expenses paid; and (B) the possibility of parole.
So now a parole board was considering freeing this three-time murderer. And Grammer had to persuade them not to do so.
They decided not to.
But the murderer gets another go in 2014.
My point is very simple. In some cases, justice is complicated. In murder, it is not. The value of a human life is beyond measure. I take $50, justice is that I pay back $50 plus interest. I take a human life by murder, my own life is forfeit, period. The suggestion that I can "pay back" by any other means necessarily cheapens the life of the victim.
The Bible's attitude is clear and univocal and just.
Ours is not.
So we have the pathetic spectacle of victims' survivors having to plead and reason to keep a murderer in jail. They should not be subjected to such lifelong suffering. The memory of their loved one should not be so cheapened.
The murderer should not be alive.
But we've opted instead for relativism, psychology. Madness. Inconvenient children get the death penalty on a whim. Murderers get room and board for decades, then freedom.
"...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD,
so what wisdom is in them?" (Jeremiah 8:9b)