Iran Hangs 40 in Two Weeks

American death penalty zealots burn with envy as America allows barbarians to widen the slaughter gap. They fret that we are falling behind Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Communist China and similar beacons of civilization in our will to kill our own citizens on a swift and efficient basis. In other news, Annie Dookhan has been [Read More...]

Question and Prayer Request

A reader writes: First, the request (and its backstory)… It’s possible this story managed to make it’s way to other parts of the country (I actually have no idea where you’re based) but here in Anniston, Alabama two years ago a police officer named Justin Sollohub was shot by a young man he was pursuing [Read More...]

Why Trust the State with the Power to Kill You?

One of the core contradictions in the Thing That Used to be Conservatism is that curious way in which, long after it has abandoned any faith whatsoever in the ability of the state to manage a health care system or a post office, it still maintains a rock solid belief that the state should be [Read More...]

Rejoice Death Penalty Zealots!

Nidal Hassan has been sentenced to death! And as we all know, the Church is completely wrong to oppose the death penalty and can be blown off by recourse to that beloved “prudential judgment” thing. So American “prolife” conservatives can relish deadly vengeance justice and still go on talking about the “sanctity of life for [Read More...]

Pope Calls for Abolition of Death Penalty

Cue invocation of magic words “prudential judgment” (right wing code for “Ignore the old fool” just as “primacy of conscience” is left wing code for the same thing when he talks about artificial contraception) in 3….2….1. [Read more...]

The Death Penalty as Euthanasia

As I have noted previously, there is the actual teaching of the Church on the death penalty, and then there are two basic ways of trying to distort and ignore it.  Progressives try to say that the DP is just as immoral as abortion.  Meanwhile, reactionaries try lots of different strategies to blow off the [Read More...]

Bloodthirsty Prolifers

Robbie George makes a fine case for mercy for Kermit Gosnell.  Mercy, some of us recall, is for people who do not deserve it, not for people who do.  So, of course, allegedly Christian prolifers immediately toss Christ’s teaching to the winds in George’s comboxes and call for death, death, death and more death.  Lots [Read More...]

Our Savage, Backward, and Brutal Intellectual Allies

Meanwhile, Holy Mother Church urges us to use the death penalty as rarely as possible the last three popes and the bishops of the world call for its abolition. [Read more...]

American Death Penalty Advocates: Behold Your Moral Kinsmen Abroad

They have a problem: Saudi Arabia may stop beheadings over shortage of swordsmen Saudi Arabia is considering halting beheadings in favor of firing squads, as officials report the government is running out of swordsmen to carry out executions. A joint Saudi committee made up of representatives from the interior, justice and health departments is deliberating [Read More...]

The Executioner…

…who became a death penalty opponent. When the Church says, “Don’t do it” and the Pope calls for its abolition and you look around and find such backward despotisms as Saudi Arabia, Iran, China, and North Korea as your closest intellectual allies on the matter, it’s time to put the death penalty to bed. [Read more...]


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