From the SMH: "The role of faith before the firing squad"


Simon Smart of the Centre for Public Christianity wrote a short piece for the Sydney Morning Herald on the execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran: It is hard to imagine the final thoughts of Andrew Chan as he waited, tied to a stake, for bullets to tear into his flesh and swiftly bring his life to a violent, inglorious end. If you contemplate this even briefly you can sense something of the chilling terror of that moment. It's a tragedy when any life ends prematurely, but somehow the cold mechanical intentionality of execution carries an especially grave weight. Australians have been feeling that weight of late, despite the fact that executions are routine in various parts of the world, including in the United States. 

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