Jesus, Werner Herzog, and capital punishment

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Huntsville Prison Cemetery | Photo by kwestfield via Flickr (

Photo by kwestfield via Flickr

Huntsville Prison Cemetery | Photo by kwestfield via Flickr (

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After Clayton Lockett's botched execution and three executions in two days last week, it's time to revisit Werner Herzog's 2011 documentary on the death penalty.

  • The Great God Pan

    “Perry and Burkett were responsible for the murders of Sandra Stotler, Sandra’s son Adam, and their friend Jeremy Richardson. …The reward and the motive for the killings was a red Camaro; Adam’s white Isuzu was a bonus.”

    Perry and Burkett sound like a couple of very nice young men. I can’t believe these vengeance-crazed barbarians would want to execute them just because they murdered three people over cars.

    Jesus Christ himself has issued a press release: “Verily I have forgiven these upstanding young men. Yes, they hath sinneth, but the sin of murder is no greater than the sin of adultery or gay marriage. I doth forgive them, and thou hath better forgive them, too, else I shall rain down hellfire upon ye all! However, it is a good thing they had capital punishment back in My day; otherwise, I wouldn’t have been able to die for thy sins. Wait, now I’m confused…”

  • Larry

    Huge fan of Werner Herzog’s work, both documentary and fiction.

    I have to check that one out!

  • Doc Anthony

    Sounds like you’re trying too hard on this one.

  • For a long time, I really did not know where I stood on the dp. It was just one of those issues. The issue came alive for me in 1983 and 1984 when my sister and father were murdered in two separate unrelated crimes.

    Throughout out time I wrestled with the dp issue as well as personal issues. It is normal for a human to want revenge when it comes to the taking of life of a loved one, especially when it encompasses murder. I can honestly say that for eight years of my life, I wanted to kill those same people the same way they destroyed my family.

    But through the grace of God and a blessing that I learned called “forgiveness”, I was able to move on with my life. The hate, anger, and want for revenge is gone. Heck, I even witnessed a execution of one of those so called monsters. That was on February 3, 1998. Right in that Kelly Green Room at the Walls Unit.

    What did I learn? I learned that the closure that many talk about did not happen. The sun did not shine any brighter on the morning of the 4th of February. However, that night before a whole new set of victims were created. Who might you ask? Very simple, the friends and the family members of the one being executed.

    The two cases I am speaking of were well publicized and high profile cases here in the Houston area as well as Seabrook, TX area.

    Do I support the dp today? NO. I don’t believe in killing. I don’t think it is right to kill, whether in vengeance or whatever. We are all God’s children, and we as a whole consist of the “Body of Christ”. Does it do the body good to kill off parts with poison and what have you so the rest of the body remains sound? I don’t think so.

    Jesus said to hate the sin, but love the sinner. I don’t believe killing those men and women on death row is loving our neighbor.

    Call me insane if you so choose. That is your place and your judgment. However for me and my house, I will serve the Lord.

    When we as human beings can learn to live together peacefully without all of the violence that exists in this world today, we will continue to kill, maim and destroy mankind. Is this what God intended for His creation?

    Think about it. Don’t use a knee jerk reaction. Consider all of the cost’s. The dp is just the tip of the iceberg. They said the Titanic was unsinkable. But it did sink. What will happen to the USA if we continue to kill off one another in the name of “justice”. Why can’t we all just get along?

    Let’s try loving God with all our hearts, soul, and mind and then loving our neighbor as ourselves. IIRC, that is what Christ himself told the leaders of that day when they questioned him about ‘the greatest commandment”. What did we do? We executed him too!