Capital Punishment

The blood cried out. The evidence was plain.
The perpetrator was in custody.
And, to deter the rest from raising Cain,
He was exiled in perpetuity.
But that did not prevent the rise of crime.
(These criminals resist all reformation
by flogging, maiming, fines or doing time.)
At last the Judge decreed in His frustration,
You shed a man’s blood, your own blood will be shed!
Recidivists would not escape this plan.
Not even seeing all the killers dead
Reduced man’s inhumanity to man.
Oh, I give up! His Honor loudly cried,
Resigned His post, stretched out His arms, and died.

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10 years 1 month ago
Do you realize that Philip Horner is a convicted pedophile who has victimized numerous children, and although not confirmed, may have victimized his own adopted Russian daughter. To honor this "man" with any award does the Catholic Church no credit except to remind viewers of pedophiles within the Church.

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