The death penalty is a barbarous relic of the past in any situation, but in Melissa’s case it is a particularly exquisite act of barbarism. As is so often the case, the biggest champions of this stupid cruelty are the Greatest Catholics in All of Time and Space, led by the cynical murderous thug, Greg Abbott, governor of Texas, who could pardon her, but has not because there is nothing the MAGA cult of racist savages loves better than killing brown people, regardless of the extreme dubiousness of their conviction.
The bishops of Texas, following the sane teaching Holy Church, which calls for the abolition of the death penalty, praised the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals for granting this stay:
Since her imprisonment 14 years ago for the death of her daughter Mariah, Melissa Lucio has become a new person in Christ. Her conversion is a profound witness to the power of God’s love and mercy. We are grateful she has the opportunity to continue her personal conversion and to heal relationships with her children and grandchildren, relationships that have been strained by her imprisonment and the circumstances of her life.
Melissa’s case highlights the serious flaws in our justice system that allowed her to be condemned to death on the basis of a dubious conviction.
We continue to pray for Melissa Lucio, her family, her community, and all who have been affected by the devastating loss of Mariah. May Melissa’s story be a catalyst for our civic leaders to consider more deeply the need for reform of our laws and practices regarding criminal justice.
But the merciless savages in the MAGA base–and most especially the “prolife” conservative Catholic ones–will continue to do battle to kill this defenseless woman and call it “justice” and not the black, satanic bloodlust it is.
That’s the thing about death penalty advocacy. In order to pursue it, you have to make yourself into an enemy of God who makes war on the Church in order to murder four innocent people on death row so that you can slake your thirst for the blood of 96 people on death row who don’t need to be killed.
For those interested in Melissa Lucio’s case and the indictment of our insane system of capital punishment “justice”, watch this: