On Prosecuting Evil:
Capital punishment remains in my opinion barbarous. Incarceration
during which the guilty improve the human condition is preferable, a
kind of secular purgatory.
Burning in hell for eternity is the expression of a barbarous hate,
unworthy of any decent God, were there one. I learned to disbelieve in
that reputed Him because of his egregious punishments. I’d rather spend
eternity in hell than bend my knee to such a monstrous “Creator.”
If our human race survives another century as gratuitously evil as
the 20th, it will be after we abolish poverty and gratuitous
exploitations of all kinds. Sounds like a long shot to me, but no other
aim is worthy of a more civilized humanity.
Patrick D. Hazard
August 18, 2013