Mark Stroman Executed: The “Mission of Reconciliation” Lives On…

Postscript to my July 11 post, “Rais Bhuiyan and the Power of Forgiveness:”

A federal district judge in Austin rejected Bhuiyan’s request for a stay of execution on Wednesday afternoon. His lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court, where Justice Antonin Scalia turned it down.  Mark Stroman was executed this past Wednesday.

Columnist Tony Norman, writing today in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Sometimes the best Christians are the ones who pray to Allah.

Deep in the heart of the Christian republic of Texas, a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh named Rais Bhuiyan waged a futile legal battle to spare the life of the man who tried to kill him a decade ago…

Though his partner in forgiveness is dead, Mr. Bhuiyan continues to take the mission of reconciliation seriously. Maybe one day he’ll find a Christian or two in Texas who take it seriously, too.

I would only add that we all struggle to realize the sacred mission of reconciliation seriously, whether we are Christian, Muslim or Jew, Hindu, Buddhist or Jain – and whether we live in Texas, California, New York or Illinois.

Thank you, Rais Bhuiyan. You are a true spiritual teacher for us all.


4 Comments on “Mark Stroman Executed: The “Mission of Reconciliation” Lives On…”

  1. Howard says:

    I think it is a strange quote, is the writer, Tony Norman saying that there are no christians in Texas who take reconcilliation seriously? Not to mention his reference to “the best christian’s pray to Allah”. I agree that someone who can try to save the life of the person who tried to kill him is an amazing example of reconcilliation. I am sorry that Norman chose to include such divisive language in his example.

  2. THIS IS A TERRIBLE DAY FOR THE STATE OF TEXAS.WHEN THE VICTIM CRIES OUT TO SAVE THE LIFE OF THE ACCUSSED AND IS DENIED THAT IS REASON FOR THE PEOPLE TO WONDER WHAT JUSTICE IS ABOUT.WE LIVE IN A LAW AND ORDER COUNTRY YET THER IS HARDLY ANY LAW OR ORDER.AS AN AMERICAN I SEE THE COUNTRY THAT SPEAKS LOUDLY ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS NOT PRACTICING MUCH OF ANY TRUTH AT ALL

  3. Vicky says:

    In its eagerness to uphold justice, the state of Texas appears to have forgotten all about mercy, and justice with no element of mercy isn’t justice at all.

  4. I believe the victim of said crime should have more to say about what should happen to Mark Stroman in this particular case than any court in the land. The victim forgave Stroman, and being so, in the victims eyes, the debt was paid. Texas has always been one of those hard ass, illogical states with a large percentage of the population claiming to be Christians..which gives cadence to a lot ugliness..


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