To the Editor:
I must admit that, living outside of the state of Oklahoma, I had never heard of Richard Glossip or of his predicament. After doing so, it’s safe to say that I’m more than a little disturbed.
I’m not going to pretend to know the specifics of the case, nor will I play “armchair detective.” This is not a case of “Law and Order,” it is the life of a real, living, breathing man.
If there is even the slightest of possibilities that Mr. Glossip is in fact innocent, then it stands to reason that every effort should be made to spare what could be the taking of a human life from the hands of the state.
A government’s role, first and foremost, should be the protection of its citizens from arbitrary and excessive punishment, and yet it appears that Mr. Glossip could be (and maybe has been already) subject to that very thing.
The great state of Oklahoma, led by Governor Fallin, should fight for the upholding of human dignity and if not completely abolish the death penalty (particularly when using experimental lethal drugs), at least grant Mr. Glossip a reprieve so as to give him a better chance at proving his innocence.
Franciscan Action Network