Monday, March 2, 2009

Stop Maryand Senate Bill 279

The Maryland Catholic Conference (MCC) has invested a huge amount of time and money into passing Senate Bill 279, which would repeal the death penalty.

I for one support the death penalty and oppose their support of it.

I support if for those who rape women.

I support it for those who would kill members of law enforcement.

I support it for those who kill innocent children.

Therefore, I urge all of you to contact your Maryland State Senate and urge them to stop Senate Bill 279. I did.

If the death penalty is not a deterrent, then why do they fight to abolish it. They should just ignore it.


Anonymous said...

You misspelled Maryland, and if you support the death penalty than you're not pro-life, you're just Republican.


Actually, I am pro-life and a conservative Republican.

Do you know what the Church actually says about the Death Penalty? Although it believes that the current justice system is sufficient enough not to use the Death Penalty, it does not say that it can.

I guess you trust the justice system in Maryland more than I do.

A WASHINGTONDC CATHOLIC said... should say... does not say that it cannot be used.

Anonymous said...

I find it hard to beieve that someone who considers himself pro-life finds it acceptable to kill innocent people, which the death penalty has done.


Depending upon the crime and the level at which we can verify that they have done the crime (Washington sniper case comes to mind) and the accuracy of DNA testing today, should that not be an option?

We cannot change what happened in the past, but we can use what has happened in the past to ensure that when applied, it is beyond a reasonable doubt.

So, the death penalty should not be an option for the Wash area snipers? How about the guy who killed the 79 year old woman by burning her in house in the Silver Spring area? Should that not be an option for him?

How about the guy who killed the 14 year old girl on a Metro bus? Guess not huh?

Yes, I am pro-life, because I want people to live without fear of walking down the street without being killed.

ANd, given the justice system of today, it is easy for someone who has committed a horribly crime being let out due to a technicality. We see that each and every day.


Now let’s examine Church teaching regarding these two issues. On the one hand, we know that abortion can never be justified. It is always a mortal sin, as an innocent
human being is unjustly deprived of his/her life. That is the definition of murder. On the
other hand, the Church has never held that capital punishment is intrinsically wrong. Current Catholic thought holds that capital punishment should not be necessary, due to state capacities to hold dangerous criminals in custody. However, the merits of capital punishment can be weighed on a case-by-case basis. That simply is Church teaching.

From our friends over at Restore DC Catholicism.

Blue Shoe said...

I am personally opposed to the death penalty in most cases but D.C. Catholic is right - the Church has not ruled it out like it has done with abortion. In other words, there is room for debate.

robert said...

Why don't you use your real name on this blog?

Anonymous said...

Robert, that would be no fun at all.

A Concerned DC Catholic said...

Apparently A WashingtonDC Catholic has more trust in the Maryland justice system than do I. The 2003 study commissioned by Gov. Glendening demonstrated that in capitol crimes "justice" is meted out according to race, more specifically:

* Black offenders who kill blacks are significantly less likely to face the death penalty, while black offenders who kill whites are significantly more likely to face a death sentence than all other racial combinations.

* Prosecutors in different jurisdictions exhibit considerable variation in the extent to which they seek the death penalty.

CCC No. 2267. holds "If bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public authority must limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person".

Bloodless means do exist, so I believe Gov. O'Malley is paying heed to the Catechism. Good for him!

Katherine said...

I support it for those who kill innocent children.

Glad you are clear as to what we should do with women who abort. For myself, I support the Gabriel Project.

Anonymous said...

You support the death penalty much more vigorously than the Church would allow in very limited circumstances. Does this mean that you refrain from taking communion since your beliefs are different from those preached by the church?