"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

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

DPIC gets Religion

The Death Penalty Information Center, a long-time abolitionist outfit, has just added a new page to their website, "Religion and the Death Penalty."

This is typical of the left, which has recently discovered that their contempt for traditional religion has not benefitted them politically. So, no doubt holding their noses, they attempt to re-cast their policies in religious garb or at least trot out the latest group of ecclesiastics looking to bask in the glow of secular approval by blessing whatever the zeitgeist blesses and condemning whatever the zeitgeist condemns.

So no question, there are certainly liberal religious leaders who are more concerned about aligning their denomination's doctrine with the Democrat party platform than about saving souls or expounding the Faith of their Fathers. But it's certainly a stretch to claim that the mainstream religious traditions (as opposed to these temporizing and modernist churchmen) oppose capital punishment (unless, of course, you buy the view that these great religions can simply be re-written by each generation of their leaders).

Needless to say, the DPIC won't inform their readers that the main so-called Abrahamic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) all have strong traditions favoring the appropriate resort to the death penalty. If you dig deeply enough, you can find a grudging theoretical support for the legitimacy of the death penalty in some of the contemporary teachings of some of these religions, but not the broad view of their traditional teachings, which would reveal a strong pro-capital punishment stance (note, which is not to be confused with an indiscriminate or unjust use of this punishment).

Nevertheless, best of luck to the DPIC. Maybe some of that religious research and reading will rub off on them.

HT: Berman.

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