CNV Idaho 2016 Honoring 20 Years Henry Krewer Opposing the Death Penalty in Idaho
By John McMahon
On Wednesday September 21, 2016 Members of Idaho Peace Coalition Campaign Nonviolence Idaho, stood in Solidarity with our longtime friend Henry Krewer in a vigil he has held, rain or shine, in opposing the death penalty in Idaho for over 20 years! It is fitting that this poignant occasion coincides with The International Day of Peace.
We are told that a death penalty deters viscious crimes of violence especially murder! It does not! No more so than by engaging in war-making, humanity will eventually have Peace. The very thought remains an anathema to the Message brought to us by Jesus, the Buddha, Rabbi Heschel, Mother Saint Teresa and legions of Holy Teachers! All gently but firmly teach that Love, Compassion and Cooperation while living in Harmony with One Another is the correct path to Peace in this world.
In parts of the world a few cups of tea and breaking bread done respectfully while acknowledging each others’ worthiness can be a first step to lifelong friendships. Let’s drink a bit ‘o tea, share some bread; maybe a pizza or a few loves and fishes. It is entirely possible to live as respectful neighbors without becoming caught in this world’s many snares and traps. We ought not deter our Souls’ progress from bending the arc of our life’s story toward Justice. ‘Which then of your Lord’s many Favors would you deny? I desire Mercy not sacrifice!’ [Both found in our Holy Books and Scriptures]