Posts tagged ‘Dead Man Walking’

Introduction

Amnesty’s annual report (2012) has China topping list of executions with over 1,000, Iran second with 314, US fifth with 43. The United States only country in the Americas practicing execution.  (see YNet News)

The Amnesty International report says 682 executions in 2012 in all countries other than China  were verified to have been carried out last year —only two more than 2011 —as five countries carried through with the death penalty for the first time in many years…The country that had the highest increase in the number of executions was Iraq, with almost double the 68 killed in 2011. (see Amnesty International)

Canada, on the other hand, does not have a death penalty. (see 35 years of abolition) In most cases, the most serious sentence for murder is life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for 25 years. However, if a person has a long history of violent crime, then they can be declared a “dangerous offender.” With this classification they are given an indefinite sentence with little chance of ever being paroled.

An Angus-Reid poll released in March, 2012,  suggests three out of five Canadians (60%) support reinstating the death penalty for murder. (see Amnesty International)

Sources: Amnesty International  and  Religious Tolerance.org

Assignment:

Do some research to find out the arguments for and against capital punishment (death penalty)?  There are some links below to start off with.  Then take a stance on the following statement:

Should Canada reinstate the death penalty for criminals who commit first-degree murder?

This does not have to be in the form of a formal essay, but be sure to support you arguments with factual information.  Include in your discussions, the answers to the following questions.

  1. How does Ezekiel 33:11 apply to the question of capital punishment? “As I live, says the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from their ways and live.”
  2. The concept of equal retribution “Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot” (Deuteronomy 19:21) was actually given in order to control the all-out vengeance that had taken place up to that time. What does Jesus tell us about vengeance?  Read Matthew 5:38-42; Luke 6:27-36; Romans 12:19, and 1 Peter 3:9 to find out.  (Just go to NRSV Bible, and type in the book, chapter and verse.  When you do this, the verse(s) will come up.) How do these scriptures apply to modern day capital punishment?

Here are some links to start off with:

Against arguments:  Catholic Culture and Amnesty International USA

Pro arguments:  Pro death penalty and  Pro death penalty page (keep in mind some of these are websites of individuals, so one has to question their reliablity for statistics, etc.)

Contains both arguments:  Religious Tolerance and  Arguments for and against

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Ezekiel 33:11
View in: NRSV
11Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Deuteronomy 19:21
View in: NRSV
21Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Matthew 5:38-42
View in: NRSV
38You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:
40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.
41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two,
42Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
Luke 6:27-36
View in: NRSV
27But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.
28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.
29And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also.
30Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
31And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.
32And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.
33And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this.
34And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much.
35But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Romans 12:19
View in: NRSV
19Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Peter 3:9
View in: NRSV
9Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.

Select the page titled, Dead Man Walking Assignment, and execute (no pun intended) the directions provided.  The rubric used to mark this assignment is also found at the right, titled, Video Study Assignment Rubric.  Remember, assignments are worth MUCH more than reflections.

You’ve learned how to write position papers in both English and Social Studies, so I am assuming you know how.  If you don’t, then see me for help.  Your thesis must be clear.  REMEMBER, your point of view is worthless unless you can provide reasons for your point of view and support those reasons with evidence (examples, quotes, etc.).

Here are a couple of websites to help you with writing position papers.

How to write… and  Writing position papers

This may very well be your last assignment, so give it your best effort.  Some of you need to do well on this assignment to up are final mark.

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Ezekiel 33:11
View in: NRSV
11Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Deuteronomy 19:21
View in: NRSV
21Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Matthew 5:38-42
View in: NRSV
38You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:
40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.
41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two,
42Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
Luke 6:27-36
View in: NRSV
27But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.
28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.
29And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also.
30Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
31And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.
32And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.
33And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this.
34And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much.
35But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Romans 12:19
View in: NRSV
19Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Peter 3:9
View in: NRSV
9Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.

Select one of the questions to answer.

  1. Scene:  Matthew finally confesses to Sr. Prejean.  The dialogue went as follows:
    Sr. Prejean:    “Do you take responsibility for both of their (the victims) deaths?”
    Matthew:    “Yes ma’am.” (Matthew breaks down and cries)
    Sr. Prejean:    “…You did a terrible thing.  But you have dignity now.  Nobody can take that from you.  You are a Son of God, Matthew”.
    Matthew: (crying)     “Nobody ever called me a Son of God before.  They’ve called me a son of a you know what…”

What does Helen mean by “dignity”?  What does the above conversation tell you about Matthew’s self-esteem? You may need to draw from your unit one notes. Why was Sr. Prejean so insistent that Matthew takes responsibility for his actions? What does Sr. Prejean mean by “You are a Son of God, Matthew.”

 

2.  During another discussion between Sr. Prejean and Matthew   Poncelet the following dialogue occurspicture-12
Sr. Prejean:    “Was your Daddy a racist?”
Matthew:    “What kind of question was that?”
Sr. Prejean:    “You have to teach a child to hate.  I was just wandering who taught you.”
Matthew:    “I just don’t like niggers.”
Sr. Prejean:    “Have you ever known any black people?”
Sr. Prejean:     (Talking about black people) “...I know some pretty cool people.  A lot of hard working people.”
Matthew:    “I know a lot of welfare taking coloreds sucking up tax dollars”
Sr. Prejean:   “Have you ever been the object of prejudice?”
Matthew:    “No.”
Sr. Prejean:    “What do you think people say about men on death row?”
Matthew:      “I don’t know.  Why don’t you tell me.”
Sr. Prejean:    “They’re all monsters.  Disposable human waste.  Good for nothing sucking up tax dollars.”

What is prejudice?  Does prejudice come from ignorance? Are people taught to hate?  Explain.   Do you agree that people on death row are “all monsters?  Disposable human waste.  Good for nothing sucking up tax dollars.” Why or why not?  Remember, your opinion has no validity unless you provide reasons with evidence or examples.

3.   picture-21During a discussion between Sr. Helen Prejean and a Catholic Priest, the Priest says, “Are you familiar with the Old Testament?  Thou shalt not kill (Exodus 20:13).  If anyone sheds the blood of man, his blood shall be shed.” (Genesis 9:6).  Sr. Helen responds with, “Yes Father.  Are you familiar with the New Testament where Jesus talks about grace and reconciliation? (Matthew 6:14)” Why is there two very differing views on how to deal with murderers in the bible? Explain.   Which testament (old or new) should be given president?  Why?  Is using scripture text to justify your position acceptable?  Why or why not?

To help you understand the two dominant images of God in scripture, go to bible, and enter Genesis 6:11-13 to get a feeling of the OT image of God.  Then to get a feeling for the NT image of God, enter 1 John 4:7-9 and 1 John 16-17.

Ezekiel 33:11
View in: NRSV
11Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Deuteronomy 19:21
View in: NRSV
21Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Matthew 5:38-42
View in: NRSV
38You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:
40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.
41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two,
42Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
Luke 6:27-36
View in: NRSV
27But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.
28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.
29And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also.
30Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
31And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.
32And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.
33And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this.
34And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much.
35But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Romans 12:19
View in: NRSV
19Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Peter 3:9
View in: NRSV
9Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
Exodus 20:13
View in: NRSV
13Thou shalt not kill.
Genesis 9:6
View in: NRSV
6Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.
Matthew 6:14
View in: NRSV
14For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.
Genesis 6:11-13
View in: NRSV
11And the earth was corrupted before God, and was filled with iniquity.
12And when God had seen that the earth was corrupted (for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth,)
13He said to Noe: The end of all flesh is come before me, the earth is filled with iniquity through them, and I will destroy them with the earth.
1 John 4:7-9
View in: NRSV
7Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
9By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.

Select one of the questions to answer.

1.  Scene:  Matthew’s lawyer, Millard Farmer, was discussing the up coming Pardon Board hearing.  During that discussion, the lawyer says, “It’s easy to kill a monster.  It’s hard to kill a human being.  That’s why we need people that know you.” Is it possible for a human being to be less than a human being?  Explain.   Does society justify killing by viewing people as something less than human?  Support your answer with examples.  Here is an example of where dehumanization language was used, Severin suspended.

2.   Mr. Percy, Hope’s (one of the murder victims) father, says, “Matthew is God’s mistake!” Do you agree with Mr.          Percy?  Does God make mistakes?   Here is an interesting response to that question from explorefaith.org.  What causes human beings, created in the image of God, to commit such inhuman acts as rape and murder?  Provide a detailed response to this question.picture-12picture-21

Ezekiel 33:11
View in: NRSV
11Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Deuteronomy 19:21
View in: NRSV
21Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Matthew 5:38-42
View in: NRSV
38You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:
40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.
41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two,
42Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
Luke 6:27-36
View in: NRSV
27But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.
28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.
29And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also.
30Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
31And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.
32And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.
33And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this.
34And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much.
35But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Romans 12:19
View in: NRSV
19Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Peter 3:9
View in: NRSV
9Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
Exodus 20:13
View in: NRSV
13Thou shalt not kill.
Genesis 9:6
View in: NRSV
6Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.
Matthew 6:14
View in: NRSV
14For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.
Genesis 6:11-13
View in: NRSV
11And the earth was corrupted before God, and was filled with iniquity.
12And when God had seen that the earth was corrupted (for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth,)
13He said to Noe: The end of all flesh is come before me, the earth is filled with iniquity through them, and I will destroy them with the earth.
1 John 4:7-9
View in: NRSV
7Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
9By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.

Select the page at the right titled, Dead Man Walking Reflection 1 or 2 (whichever you are asked to do) and select one of the questions to answer.  Remember, what I am looking for is some deeper level thinking that young adults, at a grade twelve level, should be able to do.  The rubic at the right titled, Reflection Rubric will be used to grade this assignment.  When you have completed the reflection, print it and hand it in.picture-11

Ezekiel 33:11
View in: NRSV
11Say to them: As I live, saith the Lord God, I desire not the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way, and live. Turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways: and why will you die, O house of Israel?
Deuteronomy 19:21
View in: NRSV
21Thou shalt not pity him, but shalt require life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
Matthew 5:38-42
View in: NRSV
38You have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:
40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.
41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two,
42Give to him that asketh of thee and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.
Luke 6:27-36
View in: NRSV
27But I say to you that hear: Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you.
28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them that calumniate you.
29And to him that striketh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other. And him that taketh away from thee thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat also.
30Give to every one that asketh thee, and of him that taketh away thy goods, ask them not again.
31And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them in like manner.
32And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.
33And if you do good to them who do good to you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also do this.
34And if you lend to them of whom you hope to receive, what thanks are to you? for sinners also lend to sinners, for to receive as much.
35But love ye your enemies: do good, and lend, hoping for nothing thereby: and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the sons of the Highest; for he is kind to the unthankful, and to the evil.
36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
Romans 12:19
View in: NRSV
19Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.
1 Peter 3:9
View in: NRSV
9Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing.
Exodus 20:13
View in: NRSV
13Thou shalt not kill.
Genesis 9:6
View in: NRSV
6Whosoever shall shed man's blood, his blood shall be shed: for man was made to the image of God.
Matthew 6:14
View in: NRSV
14For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.
Genesis 6:11-13
View in: NRSV
11And the earth was corrupted before God, and was filled with iniquity.
12And when God had seen that the earth was corrupted (for all flesh had corrupted its way upon the earth,)
13He said to Noe: The end of all flesh is come before me, the earth is filled with iniquity through them, and I will destroy them with the earth.
1 John 4:7-9
View in: NRSV
7Dearly beloved, let us love one another, for charity is of God. And every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth God.
8He that loveth not, knoweth not God: for God is charity.
9By this hath the charity of God appeared towards us, because God hath sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we may live by him.
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