Three common criminals were executed for high crimes against the State today. Now, there’s some objections that the punishment these criminals received was far out of proportion to the crimes they committed. But look, these were some bad hombres. Let’s look at one of them:
Born (possibly out of wedlock?) in a stable, this jobless thirty-something of Middle Eastern origin had had previous run-ins with local authorities for disturbing the peace, and had become increasingly associated with the members of a fringe religious group. He spent the majority of his time in the company of sex workers and criminals.
He had had prior run-ins with local authorities — most notably, an incident of vandalism downtown when he wrecked the places of business of numerous bankers. He had used violent language, too, claiming that he could destroy a gathering place and rebuild it.
At the time of his arrest, he had not held a fixed residence for years. Instead, he led an itinerant lifestyle, staying at the homes of friends and advocating the redistribution of wealth.
He had come to the attention of the authorities more than once for his unauthorized distribution of food, disruptive public behavior, and participation in farcical aquatic ceremonies.
Some say that this Communist muck-raker’s brutal punishment at the hands of the state for what was basically a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace was out of proportion to and unrelated to any of these incidents in his record. But that’s ridiculous. After all, he was no angel.
(From the Jerusalem Times, approximately 2025 years ago).
— Badtux the Snarky Penguin