Why can’t we call Troy Davis supporters racists or anti-theists?


The recent blog about Troy Davis has taken quite a bit of heat–mostly from those in favor of abolishing the death penalty all together and mostly in regards to my comment that they can move elsewhere in the country. (Let’s remember the 10th amendment of state’s rights. No matter what, there should be NO FEDERAL LAW regarding the death penalty). I called those who ‘sometimes support the death penalty’ fair-weather fans and a few readers were outraged by this comment stating that they could like and not like whatever they wanted about America.

So let’s get to the point and pose a few questions to my opposition. Three more executions and near-executions have arisen since that of Troy Davis, including a white man who had his death sentence commuted to life without parole hours before his execution. The issue of race sparked again and those who were mad before Troy Davis’ execution were mad yet again, claiming that the State of Georgia was racist and should be ashamed.  Many supporters also stated that they were NOT supporting Troy Davis because he was black, but because this was a human rights issue-evident with the support of organizations like Amnesty International and the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, among others.

Now, I’m guessing you haven’t heard about Youcef Nadarkhani, the pastor in Iran who may be executed any day now for being Christian and ‘abandoning Islam’. He could potentially die because he is practicing a religion that isn’t supported by Iran. If these Troy Davis supporters are for universal human rights, then this would fall into that category, no?

So I ask…Where are the human rights groups? Where are the anti-death penalty groups with their picket signs? Where are the t-shirts saying “I am Youcef Nadarkhani”? Where are these people who so vehemently opposed the death penalty “not because of race, but because of human rights issues”? Why are you fighters only fighting the race fight and not the religious fight?

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