reply to post by TheCrimsonGhost
Your argument makes a lot of sense to me. How could it not? I'm a human, too, outraged at the things Mr. Castro did.
I see this in a couple of ways. Allow me to start with his future first. There is no question of his guilt or the damage he did. He was going to be
violently punished by inmates, or kept in solitary for the rest of his life, but that eventually comes to an end. He now has to face God. I pray
that God exercises justice, and also that he shows mercy. I know that if I was to come before Him today, mercy would be my only hope.
God knows all of our petty, dirty, slimy, little sins. He also knows our mental and moral capacity, the stresses we're under, every possible
explanation and excuse for why we are what we are. Both justice and mercy are in His power, and I hope Mr. Castro is judged that way. That may mean
an eternity in Hell which is, no matter what you might think, worse than being a pedophile in a State Penitentiary. But I don't know what is the
true judgment for His soul, and I trust God to pronounce it. I will not, and cannot.
Yes, he escaped severe torture and probably a painful death at the hands of fellow inmates. What do you think his life expectancy was, three months?
Maybe? Remember this thread whenever the subject of punishment comes up. Almost everyone here wanted him to enjoy the pleasures of carnal
intercourse with a steel scrub brush, or meat slicer. Perhaps they wanted him to enjoy a little fresh air by peeling open his skin and letting his
intestines out for a stroll.
But people claim that prison should be for rehabilitation. Nonsense. Rehabilitation was never in the judge's mind when he was sentenced to a
thousand years. Nor would his jailers object if his fellow prisoners killed him.
Deterrent? No. Nothing was going to deter Mr. Castro, or anyone like him.
There is only one reason I can see for jail, and that's human justice. We believe, at a fundamental level, that if someone does something wrong they
should be punished. That's why there is so much outrage here. Posters don't believe justice was served. We don't believe in the death penalty in
many places, but certainly, under human law, Mr. Castro deserved to die at the hands of the state.
The judge in this case sentenced him to death, and the judge knew it. A death much quicker and less expensive than the state could manage, but death
all the same. He was ordering Mr. Castro's death in that way because the legislature wouldn't let him say, "Mr. Castro, the just sentence for your
crimes is death at the hands of the state."
I don't know if anything I say makes any sense, but it's how I honestly feel.