Friday, June 18, 2010

Do We Face the Death Penalty?

What does the state execution of a death row inmate have to do with the Moho world? Not that much, I suppose, unless you take into account that in some countries, in this varied world we live in, we could be condemned to die for the "sin" of loving someone of the "wrong" gender. 93 nations in the world still legally punish homosexuality. In 7 of these - Iran, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Nigeria, Mauritania - gays and lesbians are punished with the death penalty. But we're safe here in the USA, right? One Internet commenter reminds us, "being gay is a death penalty in the United States if you're in the wrong place at the wrong time." But who needs the death penalty when your religion makes you so conflicted that you choose suicide as the best option?


  1. However, we must also realize, that in some places in the US, being of another race or another religion is a death penalty too. Some segments in society will always be disadvantaged. It's sad, but it's reality.

  2. Very interesting. I wouldn’t go so far as to put it that way. I suppose a number of quotes come to mind including this one:

    Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. ~Albert Einstein

    In deeply philosophical terms, why do we live life the way we do? In many ways it’s a choice (as we’re instructed in countless lessons on agency), but it really comes down to a more difficult idea to grasp than a connection with God severed through disobedience. If anything, a relationship with God is based upon our interactions with and connections to others.

    That said, the issue of your post is validated by the fact that we are consigned to a life without the most important of connection. We are supposed to live our lives for others in every sense but a romantic one and that is problematic.