April 10, 2005

"Culture of Life" Agenda May Prompt Change on Death Penalty

Pendulum begins swing away from death penalty / 'Culture of life' agenda pushes advocates of capital punishment to rethink positions

I knew this metaphor wasn't going to go away anytime soon! After years of seeking to outlaw abortion while supporting capital punishment, it sounds like some conservative Christians might be having second thoughts. Is this another political ploy, or could it actually represent a shift in policy? Given that increasing numbers of fundamentalist Christians appear to be opposing the death penalty, it sounds like it may be time for Republicans to rethink their positions.

Even if this is another example of Republicans pandering to their extremist Christian base, I'll try not to complain too loudly if it results in the abolition of the death penalty. If we could just do without all the "culture of life" crap and view ourselves as a civilized and rational society, that would be even better. The reason to abolish the death penalty should be scientific (it does not deter crime) and not religious.

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