Dec 8, 2005

Tookie vs. Terri

Founder of the infamous street gang, the "Crips," Stanley "Tookie" Williams is scheduled to be executed on December 13. Almost a quarter of a century ago, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES reports, Williams was found guilty of ...

" ... four Los Angeles murders in the shootings of Albert Owens, who was killed in the robbery of a 7-Eleven store on Feb. 27, 1979, and of motel owners Yen-I Yang and Thsai-Shaic Yang and their daughter, Yee Chen Lin, at the Brookhaven Motel on South Vermont Avenue 12 days later."

A coalition of anti-death penalty religious leaders, Catholic, Protestant and Jewish, is fighting for Williams' life claiming that the convicted murderer is now rehabilitated. He has written several children's books aimed at convincing youngsters to reject the gang lifestyle. In addition to having a television movie made about his life, Williams, we are told, was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Albert Owens' stepmother is convinced that Williams should die. Lora Owens says that Williams has not own up to his crimes.

"To be redeemed means to accept responsibility or assume responsibility and not use it as a means of getting out of just punishment," [Lora] Owens said. "He chose to be judge, jury and executioner in a matter of seconds, and yet it has taken years for him to come to justice," she said.

On the night of his murder, Albert Owens had been working at a 7-Eleven convenience store. After Williams and his 3 accomplices robbed the store clerk of $170, Williams shot him to death.

According to the LA TIMES, Williams' "clemency team" includes "the Rev. James Lawson, a longtime civil rights leader; Catholic priest Christopher Ponnet; and Rabbi Leonard Beerman, the founding rabbi of Leo Baeck Temple in West Los Angeles."

Rev. Lawson and Rabbi Beerman are both solidly and unabashedly pro-abortion.

Father Ponnet claims to subscribe to the "consistent life ethic" and posts links of that sort on his St. Camillus website. According to THE TIDINGS, Father Ponnet is at the forefront of the fight to save Williams' life.

And where was Father Ponnet when Terri Schiavo and her family were fighting desperately against her execution by starvation?

Go HERE for the answer.


Blogger CS said...

Where were any of these folks when Terri was being murdered? The 'consistent ethic of life' slogan is one of those things usually repeated by those who only care about the death penalty and remain strangely silent on child- and disabled killing.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Chrysostomos said...

Except Fr. Ponnet wasn't silent. He scolded the President for intervening in the Schiavo case, since you see there were so many judges who had ruled that she could be starved. How dare the President contradict our esteemed justices! So, Fr. is more a man of the court than of the cloth. And probably a man of a particular kind of court, too, don't you think?

His position on the unborn? Well, to be consistent: so many judges have ruled...etc., etc.

12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where were these folks? Well, from what I have seen these 'peace and justice' types do NOT support the , for example Terri Shaivo or the unborn.

12:30 PM  
Blogger Vir Speluncae Catholicus said...

Presider Ponnet was nowhere near the Schindler family for one simple reason;

The Schindlers are blue collar, working class folk. Not sodomite-friendly Hollyweird celebs. The likes that Ponnet and his ilk are oh, so drawn towards.

3:35 PM  

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