A report from WKYT about the family members of a murder victim were satisfied when the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the death sentence of David Lee Sanders last week. KCADP makes no judgment about these family members who have suffered a terrible loss, but KCADP does know there are other survivors who hold out a different path for punishment.
KCADP calls your attention to it in case you are in conversations with friends or family members or members of your faith community who question your opposition to the use of the death penalty and argue that this is something the survivors need for justice to be done.
Here is a link to a editorial in the Dallas Morning News that also surfaced last week about Rais Bhuiyan, a native of Bangladesh, who does not want Mark Stroman executed. Bhuiyan was a victim of Stroman’s post-9/11 shooting spree that killed two other people.
We wish to give that campaign voice. It delivers a potent message to a nation still torn by the loss of 9/11. It resists the cycle of revenge that doesn’t stop until someone has the courage to say enough.
That’s Bhuiyan’s message: enough. He attributes his conviction to his Islamic faith and his willingness to forgive. Ironically, it was that religious faith that Stroman targeted when he started staking out shopkeepers he assumed to be believers in Islam after Sept. 11, 2001.
You might forward that link to those who may be wondering whether or not we really need to kill people to show people that killing people is wrong.
It bears repeating the our YouTube Channel also contains several fine statements of opposition to the death penalty from family members of those who were murdered.
Photo: Courtesy Execution Chronicles