Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Tennessee's Shame

We (all of us) killed a guy during the night -- and we're not even sure if he committed the crime for which he was executed. His name is Philip Workman and his last request was denied by prison officials.
For his last meal, Workman asked that a large vegetarian pizza be given to a homeless person. The prison officials denied his request, and Workman refused to eat anything.
These were his final words:
"I've prayed to the Lord Jesus Christ not to lay charge of my death to any man." He then closed his eyes and about two minutes later said, "I commend my spirit into your hands, lord Jesus Christ."
It apparently took Workman 17 minutes to die.
Almost all experts agree that from the time a person is paralyzed, he can feel everything, including the drowning in his own fluids and suffocation, but isn't able to speak or even blink to let someone know he is feeling the torture.
Phil Bredesen, of course, could easily have stopped this. He is quite aware of the problems states have with lethal injections. Further, the state obviously knows we should be ashamed to be killing people -- why else would we slink around during the dark of night as we inflict our feeble (and misdirected) revenge?
[T]he prosecuting D.A. and the victim's daughter have pled for clemency because new evidence strongly suggests that the State of Tennessee just killed an innocent man.
May God have mercy on our souls.

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