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6-4 6:45am Tommy, death row too hot?

Jun 4, 2014|

Tommy talks to Rabbi Ed Cohn of Temple Sinai about the conditions on death row at Angola and mercy and compassion

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We talked a rabbi had known a friend of -- rabbi at temple Sinai. In a talk about soldiers that are. Deployed in an extremely bad conditions that just National Guard soldiers here in our own country I seem driving home from Belle chase. And in those uniforms are so heavy I don't know how they do in the summertime I really don't rabbi Ed cone. Joins us in I guess rabbi it comes to suffering in comparative suffering in his that the way you gauge the way you treat people. Well I certainly would disagree -- with the previous speaker. All of I think. A lot of conversation. Is. Going along with and that our nation now about the condition of our soldiers in many ways and certainly. The medical care that she's in the and other things are certain parts. But being older. I'm sure it simply involve all of a lot of discomfort and that's always been the case. In terms of those who are directly under there and in our prisons. I don't see that -- a bit of difference whether there 401. Called the blues there. On different. Is. Our society will be measured by the on quality. And the fairness of the way that we treat people. And we treated humanely. It's our society it's lowered and and and we become more political. And and to me it's very very important. The people in different tours treated. In any decent fashion I remember as a kid going to the movies the -- of the river lines. We've got a tremendous wonderful movie. That showed American soldiers being captured. Kept in these opens. By the Japanese as a torture method. And I followed that by heard of the conditions. I mean these conditions of these people being captain has no reason for. Others of events and they and looked terrible. This person looks terrible smelled terrible. And and it's disgusting and it makes you more prone to. Be willing to do things to them Arctic -- them. And because they've they've they've they don't then let the and I think that that something that is absolutely inappropriate. In our society. Well rabbi what is your religions say about. Capital punishment. Lol we know that the Bible as a lot of different references involving. A capital punishment for this -- that from the stoning. Of rebellious children and all that. The -- -- -- you do that now -- and my understanding that even though it's written in scripture. That such. Victories were never punishments were never carried out. And that that Tomlin says. 01 it is a court. And execution. Once in every seven years that the blood first quarter and then a second quarter of a second opinion has not won in seven years. One in every seven years. So all of my my group with the reformed Judaism is clearly -- capital punishment and I -- that. That -- But in the meantime we're not debating capital punishment we're talking about. The conditions. Under which prisoners. Also detected in the civilized society we are not living in the game of forums. System that is not this Tuesday a civilized 21 century. That we and a passed. It. Kind of understanding. And people were kept in -- 195. Degrees that's not what they're they're supposed to be captain has -- Imprisoned. And and some of those people will be down to the innocent as a result of DNA testing. Some of those people will never be executed they'll be released. And that some of them have done horrific crimes I don't deny that and we're I want of their family. I'd probably -- until until until. But nevertheless societies. Society has the show restraint. Society at the label them. We are there certain walls of you used in treatment. And we have to abide by that is we -- not barbarians. And that is some people for whatever reasons spew hate like barbarians. This is the society. That will not be pulled down. And by by an individual. We have a certain standard to a poll. And that standards committee is decent food. Decent clothing. Legal protection. Problem and and certainly conditions. That are -- Four persons who list. Rabbi and I say you I guess what the lightbulb that went off over my head indicates is that your sign is about us not them. That's right it. It says a lot more the about any given individual. Appreciate your taking the time -- -- -- in with the kids because a lot of parents like myself that -- I'm addicted to. We've thought about some rocks or somebody being there -- tanks. -- that teenagers to believe me. Latency and make you proud and -- they've been more than substantiate. Our temper tantrums and then in the end though what they put effort. Kind of learn about walking in high heels a word about walking on them just in the closet. Have a great day rabbi thank you. There are a lot of other great pleasure always view that.

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