I’m probably going to hell.
The other day at work we were talking about the Supreme Court ruling governing the execution of the retarded. The general belief was that retarded people didn’t understand why they were being executed. And thus killing them was unfair.
I have slightly different take on the subject.
I think stupid is a very poor defense, especially in a capital crime situation. And in this case, the argument seems to be “But they’re too stupid to understand that it’s wrong to kill people.”
To me, that does not seem like a particularly compelling argument to keep someone around.
When I expressed this to my co-workers, I received some shocked expressions. One of them said “Don’t you think that executing someone who doesn’t understand why is cruel?”
Well it doesn’t have to be. It could actually be far less cruel than a regular execution. Just go to their cell, pop a mouse ear hat on their head, and tell them they’re going to
“Dih-Nee-Lan!” He’ll exclaim as he is lead down the hall to the gas chamber. (I’m imagining he sounds like Adam Sandler from ‘Bulletproof’)
“Dih-Nee-Lan!” As he’s strapped down.
“Dih-Nee-Lan!” As gas starts to fill the room.
“Dih-Nee-*!” As he asphyxiates.
Yeah I’m going to hell for that.