Monday, 21 November 2011
Death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal has asked, “Isn’t it odd that Christendom — that huge body of humankind that claims spiritual descent from the Jewish carpenter of Nazareth — claims to pray to and adore a being who was a prisoner of Roman power, an inmate of the empire’s death row? That the one it considers the personification of the Creator of the Universe was tortured, humiliated, beaten, and crucified on a barren scrap of land on the imperial periphery, at Golgotha, the place of the skull? That the majority of its adherents strenuously support the state’s execution of thousands of imprisoned citizens? That the overwhelming majority of its judges, prosecutors, and lawyers — those who condemn, prosecute, and sell out the condemned — claim to be followers of the fettered, spat-upon, naked God?”
What are your thoughts on this? If Mumia Abu-Jamal was saying this directly to you in his prison cell how would you respond? Does the incarnation change the way we approach ethical issues such as the death penalty? If so, how?