I just watched a TV interview with Cook County States Attorney Anita Alvarez stating her disappointment that The State Legislature passed a bill ending the death penalty in Illinois. If Anita Alvarez is a Christian then I'd like to remind her that one of the Ten Commandments says that "Thou Shall NOT Kill," and the principle that "The Lord Giveth and The Lord Taketh Away," and no where in that commandment and principle does God grant man the right to make him or herself above God in the granting or taking of human life. I want to strongly remind Ms. Alvarez in the worst of times it is still God who passes the ultimate judgment and we should not get so much power because of our elected offices that we have now become greater than God.
Ms. Alvarez stated that she wants to have the power to put people to death when they have been convicted of the most vicious of criminal acts, but she did not mention at all just how many people have been sentenced to death, only to find out later that they were not guilty. And to think how many others could have been erroneously put to death for being convicted of vicious crimes that they did not commit. How does Ms. Alvarez plan to explain to death row prisoners who may have been killed mistakenly, just "oops?"
Former Governor Ryan who supported the death penalty did the right thing when he recognized that far too many people could have been killed mistakenly after so much proof that the system had actually been sentencing people to die who were innocent. It was the right thing for Former Governor Ryan to issue the moratorium then, and now today it would be right thing for Governor Quinn to sign the bill ending the death penalty in Illinois.