Certain Leftist Christians ignore or distort the perennial and positive judgment of the Church on the morality of capital punishment (up to and including the latest official Catechism), and believe that a subjective profession of Christian faith immunizes a criminal from a lawful sentence being carried out by the state. The natural virtue of Justice vindicates the value of human life by imposing the ultimate punishment for those who dare in their arrogance and evil to take upon themselves, as it were, the power of God in deciding when another human being dies.
The Christian Left ignores that one purpose of the very existence of the state is to secure justice for its citizens. Whether a condemned murderer sings "Amazing Grace" or becomes the most elevated saint in history is utterly irrelevant to this duty of the state to vindicate Justice by imposing a congruent penalty for crimes. And for the horrific, inhuman crime of murder, only one penalty is possible to address the moral dis-equilibrium that crime causes.
The exercise of this virtue of Justice exists totally independent of and apart from the salutary effect of specific and general deterrence that consistent recourse to the death penalty generates; and totally apart from the worthy goal of protecting society (including prison staff and other inmates).
Moreover, the Christian Left's position is incoherent: on a practical level, who could reasonably suggest that the state is competent to decide if an inmate had sufficiently "repented" or become "holy" enough to escape their sentence? And if this did become a rule, one can imagine how many wondrous death row conversions would suddenly occur. Individuals can afford to be liberal and even gullible about such things, no harm done by assuming the best. Governments, however, have a responsibility to society to carry out the law and justice, not to become arbiters of the genuineness of a claimed conversion.
Rather than wringing their hands for the just and salutary execution of a murderer, rather than confusing private "blood vengeance" for public and societal Justice carried out pursuant to due legal process and judicial review, one would hope (in vain!) for at least a passing mention of the poor victim of this horrible crime. His name was Douglas Gissander, and he was struck in the head and repeatedly stabbed in the neck by his wife's lover at her instigation, so she could collect life insurance money and be with her co-killer.
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Doug is the true victim of this pre-meditated and heinous crime. We, along with our friends and supporters and our faith, will continue fighting for Doug until he gets the justice he deserves no matter how long it takes.May this family have some peace and satisfaction knowing that human justice has finally been carried out.