Donald R Barbera's Blog – May 2014 Archive (6)

How Low Can You Go? (Part II in Places to Visit Series)

“The sins of the fathers shall be visited upon his sons unto the 7th generation”—Wording may change, depending on which of the hundreds of biblical conversions available.

I was just a kid when I first saw limbo dancers bend back a scoot themselves under a thin pole nearly walking on their ankles. When I started Catholic school, I learned…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 21, 2014 at 8:41am — 6 Comments

Heaven or Hell (First in Series)

Do we go directly to heaven or hell when we die?

This question is of no importance to readers in this community, but for Christians it should be an interrogative of great concern.

While it seems a straightforward query it seems that Christian scholars cannot provide a "yes" or "no" answer. Instead, they usually start with multiple quotes from the Bible and with…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 19, 2014 at 8:06am — 17 Comments

World Reaction/Capital Punishment

Warning: This is a long essay!

Although capital punishment received a three-year hiatus in 1973, it was right back on the books by 1976.

Since then, the United States executed more than 1,000 prisoners placing it in the limelight with those sparkling jewels of democracy (10 China, (2) Iran, (3) North…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 8, 2014 at 10:33am — 13 Comments

What’s Wrong with this Picture

The surety of the death penalty proponent’s is a major issue as aside from Jesus, no one has ever come back from the dead after an execution. This is sad commentary on a vengeful, biased system and for a variety of reasons; first among them is the inescapable fact that it could never compensate for a family’s loss. There are other reasons…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 6, 2014 at 10:00am — 22 Comments

Short Summary of Bungled Executions

With the recent lethal injection debacle in Oklahoma what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment jumped back into death penalty spotlight. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett sparked debate about the use of untested drug cocktails.…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 12 Comments

The Benefits of Reading

must apologize up front for the length of this article. Although it is long, it contains a list of book I've encouraged my sons to read and so far they have done as I asked. I don't know where any of them stand spiritually, but I know that none of them attend church or…


Added by Donald R Barbera on May 1, 2014 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments



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