Est. May 2008

14 May, 2013

Pro-life And The Death Penalty ***UPDATE***

Ashley McGuire, writing for WaPo, questions whether pro-lifers ought to call for the death penalty for Kermit Gosnell.

Considering that Ms McGuire is ‘a Senior Fellow with The Catholic Association and the editor of Altcatholicah’, I will make the assumption she’s Roman Catholic (which makes her Christian); I will also make the assumption that the majority of people who call themselves ‘pro-life’ are also Christians, or are at least adherents to some form or religious belief (not to disparage those people who aren’t religious who consider themselves pro-life as well).

Now, as a Catholic Christian, I’m sure Ms McGuire is familiar with the fact that the death penalty for murder is a mandate from God (see Genesis 9:5-6).  Considering the overwhelming testimony from eyewitnesses to Gosnell’s crimes (far more than ‘two or three’) and the preponderance of physical evidence collected, I think it’s safe to say that Kermit Gosnell is, indeed, a murderer.

By God’s own ordinance, Kermit Gosnell the murderer is to be put to death for his crimes.  However, Ms McGuire, Robert George, and other Christian pro-lifers apparently wish to ignore God’s mandate in this situation and be merciful by pleading for a life sentence rather than the death penalty.  In fact, Robert George believes that ‘a plea for mercy for the life of Gosnell from the pro-life community might touch the hearts of heinous criminals such as he.’

I would hate to think that these folks believe that they are more merciful than God Himself, in that they think they can simply dispense with His mandates when they don’t like them.

And how, pray tell, is a life sentence in prison more ‘merciful’ than death?  Ms McGuire writes:
And in our modern world, where the human heart is so coarsened against the dignity and value of all human life, there is actually much good that can come of sparing the life of a criminal and causing him instead to live the rest of his life in penance for his crimes. (emphasis mine)
So, rather than executing Kermit Gosnell – which would place him at the feet of the Eternal Judge – Ms McGuire advocates locking him in a cage for the remainder of his natural life in order for him to suffer ‘penance for his crimes’.

And what type of ‘penance’ would that include?  Confinement away from non-criminal society.  Isolation.  Should he be placed in General Population, there would be the constant threat of other criminals killing him (rumor has it, convicts have an intense dislike for child-molesters and child-killers).

Kermit Gosnell is a monster, no doubt about it, but this kind of ‘mercy’ is no mercy at all – it’s torture, plain and simple.

As to the death penalty ‘denying criminals the chance to reform’, that’s nonsense.  These criminals had a chance to reform from the day they committed their first crime to the day they were caught – Kermit Gosnell in particular spent thirty years aborting babies; that’s thirty years of a ‘chance to reform’.  Kermit Gosnell, should he receive the death penalty, will also have from his conviction to the day he’s given the injection to ask God’s forgiveness for their crimes. 

I’ve never really been a fan of the ‘death-bed confession’, but I’ve learned that it’s not I – nor is it anyone else – who needs to be satisfied as to the trueness of that confession: only God need be satisfied by it.

I will agree that pro-lifers shouldn’t ‘clamor’ for the death penalty; neither, however, should they abandon it entirely.  When asked, ‘Do you think Kermit Gosnell deserves to be executed for his crimes?’, I believe the pro-life Christian answer should be, ‘Yes; he’s been found guilty of murder, and God mandated the execution of murderers long ago.’

At least, that’s how I would answer.
And for your lifeblood I will require a reckoning: from every beast I will require it and from man. From his fellow man I will require a reckoning for the life of man.

“Whoever sheds the blood of man,
    by man shall his blood be shed,
for God made man in his own image.
Philadelphia abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell agreed today to serve two life sentences and waive his right to an appeal in order to avoid the possibility of being condemned to death.

He agreed to life? 

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