"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Americans: death penalty a moral option

For some years now, the left has been waging a pitched war against the death penalty. This war takes place on many fronts, from the movie industry to religious representatives to the legal academy. Almost no aspect of American culture and thought has escaped the influence of this movement. On the other hand, there is no pro-death penalty movement as such. There are individuals here and there who support and defend the death penalty, but on nothing like the scale of the self-styled "abolitionist" movement.

Yet despite the constant drumbeat of the left against the death penalty, Americans have remained remarkably firm in their support of the practice. A new Gallup poll finds, in measuring American's assesment of 16 "hot button" moral issues that:
Six of these issues are viewed as morally acceptable by at least 6 in 10 Americans, including the death penalty, which tops the list this year with 71% saying it is morally acceptable. Following behind the death penalty are divorce (67%), buying and wearing fur clothing (62%), medical research using stem cells obtained from human embryos (61%), medical testing on animals (also 61%), and gambling (60%).
So of all 16 issues, the death penalty is view as the most morally acceptable practice. This is a testament, in my view, to the common sense observation that some crimes are so horrible they deserve to be punished by the ultimate sanction. When you have cases like these, people's innate sense of justice tells them that sometimes execution is the appropriate penalty.

All the propaganda in the left's aresenal will not obliterate the natural understanding of justice that most people hold.

HT: Sentencing Law and Policy.

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