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Why not hanging?

Published:Saturday | May 7, 2016 | 5:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

How can we say no to hanging when crimes get more heinous each day and men's hearts are failing them for fear?

How can we say no to hanging when a man kills his innocent three-year-old and turns himself in? If he was not subsequently killed, taxpayers would have kept him in prison hoping that he would be rehabilitated in 25 or so years. Others have killed their spouses of many years because they were on the verge of separation. How many should be rehabilitated? After all, the British plan to build a prison in Jamaica.

It's no wonder, the PNP, via the opposition spokesperson on justice, Mark Golding, is quoted in the Observer as saying, "The reactivation of the death penalty would bring condemnation and adverse criticism on Jamaica from international development partners that are not in support of capital punishment."

Now, tell us what is the perspective of the "international partners" now that the two American missionaries were killed in Albion Mountain? Should not their killers be found and brought to swift justice for such a wicked and dastardly act?

Should Jamaica, even without the killing of the missionaries, continue to pander to our international partners when our own people are living in fear for their lives and the criminal minority ruins our heritage and threatens the tourism revenue on which the nation thrives?

Hang them - the punishment fits the crime. Romans 13:4 posits that the government does not hold the authority in vain; in fact, they are God's servants, to punish wrongdoing.

It is alleged that Jamaica does not employ thorough investigative practices, to guarantee that the person to be executed is, beyond all reasonable doubt, the perpetrator of the crime. Should evil continue to prevail when there are some cases in which the offenders are known and/or have confessed to these acts? If necessary, the international partners or other international bodies could provide the investigative expertise necessary to prove the crime. After all, the Government spends enormous sums on commissions of enquiry with little remedy, if any. Why not spend the money proactively to improve the justice system for all?

Biblical Perspective

In the early days of Israel's possession of the land of Canaan, they formed an alliance with the Gibeonites, promising not to destroy them, but, in later years, when Saul was king, he killed some of them in total disregard for the treaty they had with Israel. As a result, God sent a famine on the nation of Israel, and, after three years, King David enquired about the reason for the famine.

God's response reads: "... And the LORD answered, 'It is for Saul, and for his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites.'" [2 Sam 21:1, 5-9 KJV].

Note well the anger of the Lord in the use of words and intonation. To make restitution to the Gibeonites, they requested the death of seven men, descendants of Saul, after which they were appeased. Subsequently, God acknowledged that restitution was made and the famine ceased.

Modern Jamaica et al may reject the thought, but the principle is sound. Can we say with certainty that the blood of innocent persons shed in this country is not the cause of the disintegration of our agriculture, sugar, bauxite, the dry riverbeds, water shortage, debt, taxes, etc?

God said the blood of Abel cried to him from the ground when he was killed by his brother, Cain? Hang the known perpetrators!

Jamaica! We are our brother's keeper. If you have shielded them in the wrong, it is time to expose the truth you know. This requires a sacrificial love that may cost you your life, but you know deep within that you need to be free of the secrets. Mothers! Sisters! Brothers! Tell the authorities where the guns are hidden, and who did the killing. Give up the offenders for the good of the land and the next generation.

Let us purge the land and repent! It may be that God will remove the judgment, so justice and truth can really be ours forever.

OUIDA WILLIAMS

deanouida@gmail.com