Cardinal: Americans Are Too Hard On A Mass Murderer
From the BBC:
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland has attacked the US over the release of the Lockerbie bomber.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien said the Scottish government was right to free Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi last year on compassionate grounds.
Am I frustrated and annoyed? Absolutely. Surprised? Of course not; after all, this isn’t the first time that a high ranking bishop chose misplaced charity over justice. The Cardinal makes a good point and Scotland certainly has the right to its sovereign discretion for the implementation and carrying out of its justice system. I’ll even grant that Scotland, one of the great centers of studies relating to jurisprudence for the last three hundred years, could offer the United States some great lessons in upholding justice while also being open to mercy. When the mercy of freedom is extended to a man convicted of 270 deaths, on the other hand, then I begin to wonder if justice was sacrificed to the sentimental shadow of Christianity. Al-Megrahi is free and hundreds of American families were denied justice. However, as they provide no avenue for publicity, I doubt His Eminence gives a damn about the injustice to American victims in this case.