Monday, March 16, 2009

Why we should be ashmed of Texas

I remember when I was in middle school, one of the first formal debates I engaged in was about the death penalty.  It's a debate that been with us for centuries and has been one of those hot button issues, like abortion and gay marriage that ignite peoples passions, but not always their intellect.

Today that seem to slowly be changing.  Perhaps science and DNA, perhaps just a greater sense of our shared humanity.  In any case, with the exception of Texas, we seem to be making progress as a civilized society.   Famed historian Thomas Cahill came face to face with the very human side of death row.  He tell is story in a powerful new book entitled A Saint on Death Row: The Story of Dominique Green

My conversation with Cahill: