by Ryan Houldin,
CAIR-Philadelphia Staff Attorney
China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. These five countries execute more of its citizens than any other countries in the world, in that order. It is interesting to note that three of these countries are predominantly Muslim. While the Qur’an does allow state sanctioned killing in specific situations, Professor Khaled Abou El Fadl of the UCLA Law writes:
Entrusting the state to play this hazardous and often untenable role of carrying out the Divine mandate, if one does in fact exist, raises a set of theological and ethical problems that are not adequately addressed by simple reliance on procedural guarantees or by augmenting the integrity of the process that results in the decision to terminate life.
I agree. The death penalty is an unjust and anachronistic mechanism of our criminal justice system. Extensive research has conclusively proven that the death penalty, like the criminal justice system itself, has a huge racial bias. Given the fact that this country has never fully accepted responsibility for the racism and genocide upon which it was founded, it should come as no surprise that those ideologies still play out today in our criminal justice system. Studies have shown that the death penalty is more likely to be administered when the victim is white, in addition to the fact that people of color are more likely to be put to death when compared to similarly situated white defendants. Read more…