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白宫风云:安息日不安息

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The West Wing Take This Sabbath Day

这是一起关于死刑讨论的故事。

在美国,死刑的存废问题一直就是一个很热门的政治话题。

虽然美国许多州在司法实践上已经废除了死刑,但是在法律制度上,美国依然是一个有死刑的国家。

也是全球五个对18岁以下未成年人也适用死刑的国家。

奉行自由主义的民主党一直是死刑的反对者,但是让我诧异的是,号称奉行基督教教义的共和党却是死刑的鉴定支持者。

共和党反对堕胎,但是他们却支持死刑。

他们似乎忘记了”God is the only one who gets to kill people.”

 

继续说回剧集。

一个毒枭被判处了死刑,他因为涉嫌谋杀了两名警官和贩毒被地方法院判处了死刑。

但是他的律师团为一直将官司从地方法院打到上诉法院、巡回法院,最终打到最高法院。

原本白宫以为最高法院会将案件发回巡回法院重审,但是没想到最高法院却以5:3批准了死刑。

只是因为宣判的日子刚好是周五,为了尊重安息日。

于是死刑被安排在周一凌晨零食一分执行。

律师团于是还有48小时来游说总统签署特赦令。

虽然白宫诸多人都认为应该特赦死刑,但是最后还是没有签发特赦令。

因为这个太敏感的政治话题,没有哪位元总统敢去涉及。

 

很喜欢其中的几句对白。

TOBY是犹太教徒,犹太教一向信奉an eye for an eye,于是他不明白他是否应该去游说总统去签发特赦令。

但是TOBY的犹太教士却说了如下的一段对白。

You know what it also says? It says a rebellious child can be brought to the city gates and stoned to death. It says homosexuality is an abomination and punishable by death. It says men can be polygamous and slavery is acceptable. For all I know , that thinking reflected the best wisdom of its time, but it’s just plain wrong by any modern standard. Society has a right to protect itself, but it doesn’t have a right to be vengeful. It has a right to punish, but it doesn’t have to kill.

很喜欢他最后的那段话,翻译成中文就是:社会有权自卫,但无权复仇;法律有权惩罚,却无权杀戮。

但是总统最后没有签署特赦令,这让他良心备受谴责。

他的神父也有段很精彩的对白:

You know, you remind me of the man that lived by the river. He heard a radio report that the river was going to rush up and flood the town. And that all the residents should evacuate their homes. But the man said , “I ‘m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” The waters rose up. A guy in a row boat came along and he shouted, “Hey, hey you! You in there. The town is flooding. Let me take you to safety.” But the man shouted back, “I’m religious. I pray. God loves me. God will save me.” A helicopter was hovering overhead. And a guy with a megaphone shouted, “ Hey you, you down there. The town is flooding. Let me drop this ladder and I’ll take you to safety.” But the man shouted back that he was religious, that he prayed, that God loved him and that God will take him to safety . Well… the man rowned. And standing at the gates of St. Peter, he demanded an audience with God. “Lord,” he said, “I’ma religious man, I pray. I thought you loved me. Why did this happen?” God said, “I sent you a radio report, a helicopter, and a guy in a rowboat. What the hell are you doing here?”

故事最后是在总统的告解中结束。

最终,他依然没有特赦那名囚犯的死刑,即便他良心难安。

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