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Conscience tells us that Raul Garcia should be freed

“The inner voice of my conscience tells me that there is something seriously wrong with the way Mr. Garcia has been treated thus far.”

“Somehow the government of Barbados thinks that it has the moral authority to confine Mr. Garcia indefinitely.  That’s just not right.”

by Mark Fenty

I’ve written quite extensively I believe on the topic regarding Mr. Raul Garcia’s confinement. I’ve done so because I believe that this case transcends the jurisprudence with governs human society and penetrates profoundly within our human conscience.

Many if not most have argued the pros and cons of this very unusual case. And sadly enough, some have used Mr. Garcia’s shortcomings as a convenient punching bag to marginalize the effort made by others to win his personal autonomy.

But, whether rightfully interpreted or wrongfully conceived by some – what is important in this case is the fact that a human life hangs in the balance. Now, don’t misinterpret my intentions, because I don’t profess to be an authority on what government should or should not do with respect to the happenstances of this nature. But I’m merely voicing my opinion because the inner voice of my conscience tells me that there is something seriously wrong with the way in which Mr. Garcia has been treated thus far.

From an outside observer’s vantage point, it seems like the actions of the Barbados government are rather precipitous. I could understand if Mr. Garcia was given a second opportunity to redeem himself and he had made a similar mistake. Then the actions of the Barbados government in my opinion would have warranted such response.

But we are dealing here with a man who has served his time, and just because the country of his birth refuses to accept him back, somehow the government of Barbados thinks that it has the moral authority to confine Mr. Garcia indefinitely.  That’s just not right.

Listen! The choice the Barbados government ought to make seems quite clear to me. Restore Mr. Raul Garcia’s freedom and individual autonomy. Allow him to resume his life as a productive member of the society.

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