Wednesday, December 20, 2006

A Tyrannical Court Seattle is Not

Naveed Haq, the crazy man who killed Pam Waechter and maimed six others this last July, will not be given the death penalty. The Talmud teaches that the death penalty is not a simple issue. The Rabbis worked hard to make it almost impossible to kill a person as punishment.

"Said one: The Sanhedrin that puts to death one person in seven years is termed tyrannical. Rabbi Eleazar Ben Azariah says, ‘One person in seventy years.’ Rabbi Tarffon and Rabbi Akiba say, ‘If we had been in the Sanhedrin, no one would have ever been put to death.’ Rabban Simeon Ben Gamaliel says, ‘They would have thereby increased the shedders of blood in Israel (Mishnah Makkot 1:10).’" Source

Thank you Seattle. The ideals of the Talmud may never be realized, but at least one less person will be put to death at the hands of the government of the people. While Haq is a bad person deserving of imprisonment, his death would serve no purpose. So once again thank you Seattle.

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