Shame on Georgia.
Today the state of Georgia, an overwhelmingly Christian state, will murder Troy Davis.
Where does Jesus authorize this practice? Where is the outcry from the Christian politicians who visit our churches, mosques and temples each election season to remind us of their commitment to keeping God's word? Where is the prophetic voice of those religious leaders who have the ear of thousands each week?
Capital Punishment is state sanctioned lynching. Capital punishment is the exact opposite of civilization. Capital Punishment is the admission of our immature and barbarous tendencies as a society. While Capital Punishment may be the law in Georgia, it is not justice in Jesus' eyes. We can sincerely grieve with the family of the slain police officer, abhor violence against those who serve and protect us, and at the same time agree that an 'eye for an eye' leaves no one better off.
Vengeance is a false remedy for pain and loss and we know it is no real deterrent for violent crime. With the murder of Troy Davis, Georgia has admitted that Jesus' will and ways are of secondary concern. Shame on Georgia.
May God have mercy on us.
—Rev. Robert Wright, Rector, St. Paul's Episcopal Church