• Yes, Reason to Be Sobered, Encouraged: Synagogue Killer Facing Possible Death Penalty

    Surge Summary: In a possible expression of true justice, the shooter who killed and injured many in last October’s synagogue shooting could end up facing the death penalty.

    It might not seem like good news to some, but it actually is – at least, if the preservation of a serious-minded, law-abiding civilization is in view.

    National Review’s Mairead McArdle breaks the story:

    Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the mass shooter who is accused of gunning down worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last October.

    According to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, prosecutors are pushing for the ultimate sanction for the forty-six-year-old suspected perpetrator, whose name will go unmentioned here on Daily Surge. He is being charged with shooting to death eleven people, injuring seven, at the Tree of Life synagogue last year; the most fatal attack on Jews in the U.S. in the country’s history.

    The gunman has pled not guilty and is currently awaiting trial. He used several weapons, including an AR-15 rifle, during this atrocity, intentionally gunning for Jewish people, police say.

    Some of the congregants who attend Tree of Life have said they wish the shooter to face life imprisonment rather than the death penalty.

    These are to be commended for extending a heart of mercy toward this villain. Prayers for him are, indeed, in order. Christians, additionally, might want to extend reminders to this killer that forgiveness from God is available to Him through faith in another Jew – Jesus Christ.

    Still, as regards the government’s treatment to this man? Should he be found guilty after a fair trial, these gracious Jewish men and women might want to take a fresh look at the Holy Book that supposedly informs their belief system. The Old Testament not only recommends, but requires, capital punishment for those who illicitly end another human being’s life.

    At the new beginning following the Great Flood that scoured a sinful human population from the planet, God mandated to Noah and Sons:

    Surely for your lifeblood I will demand a reckoning; from the hand of every beast I will require it, and from the hand of man. From the hand of every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man. (Genesis 9: 5,6)

    And, yes, New Testament folk, the Apostle Paul backed up that particular application of justice, as well:

    For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but bad. Do you want to be unafraid of the one in authority? Then do what is right, and you will have his approval. For he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not carry the sword in vain. He is God’s servant, an agent of retribution to the wrongdoer. (Romans 13:3, 4)

    Note: A “sword” ain’t for slapping someone’s wrist. It’s a killing Implement.

    The Scriptures confirm: human life is so precious, if one takes it promiscuously that guilty party is to pay with the dearest price: the loss of his own life in return.

    I understand that large swatches of modern society consider themselves too sophisticated to endorse this practice. It’s largely the way most American precincts operate in our era.

    Any evidence this choice has made our communities better, safer? I’m not seeing much of it.

    When applied responsibly, for sufficient cause, by the proper State officials, the death penalty is logical, just, biblical; and, you could add: necessary.

    (H/T Mairead MacArdle/National Review

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