Monday, August 5, 2013

THE DECLINE OF JUSTICE IN CANADA


Red Deer Life, July 17th, 2011. “There is no longer any reasonable prospect of conviction.” This is the feeble excuse given by the Crown to not pursue justice for suspected murder! Can you feel the matter-of-factness, or flippancy of that statement? The man was sentenced for murder once. And so never mind pursuing the other charges laid against him! How does the Bible interpret judicial apathy like that? “They that forsake the law praise the wicked” (Proverbs 28.4.) In other words, by refusing to punish the wicked for his crimes, our Crown sides with the wicked against its own law. This murderer should have been put down after his first sentence. But not only is he allowed to live, he has the prospect of freedom too. He reaps life and freedom by the decline of justice. The most wicked reap life and freedom by the decline of justice in Canada.

Prior to 1865, capital punishment extended beyond reasonable bounds in this land. For instance, in 1803 in Montreal, 13 year old B. Clements was hanged for stealing a cow. From 1865, the death penalty was in force for crimes of murder, treason, and rape. In 1961, the law began to suffer its whittling down. And in 2011, murderers get to go free after some years of confinement; some of them get to dodge jail altogether.

Execution for the crime of murder is good sense. It makes good sense to the majority of Canadians. As recently as 2009, an Angus Reid poll showed that 62% of Canadians support the death penalty for the crime of murder. Why should a conservative government fear reinstating capital punishment, then? Liberals would spin the act as part of a wider agenda just waiting to be implemented. But a just government should act in the direction of justice regardless of spin and slander. Politicians, though, are more afraid of losing power than they are zealous for righteousness.

A lot of judicial watering down has occurred since 1961, the year when murder was classified under capital and non-capital offences. The Bible calls this the framing of mischief by a law (Psalm 94.20.) And this injustice brings punishment by the LORD upon the framers and the people who support these framers in office (verse 23.) Law is made to punish persons like murderers (1 Timothy 1.9.) Reducing execution to life, and making life into 25 years, or 10 years, or even 7 years, depending on the murder degree, is to make a law for the murderer’s good instead of for his crime. This is outrageous to God and dangerous for every citizen.

The Bible warns us to remember the good laws that preceded us. “My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother” (Proverbs 1.8.) 62% of us want capital punishment reinstated. Fairly recent ancestors would agree. For progress in the sphere of justice to occur, we must regress to pre-1961 standards. Do not be afraid to be a spokesman for executing murderers. In Canada, believe it or not, you are in the majority. And God himself agrees with your position. 

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