Tim Kaine is citing his religion in defense of his opposition to the death penalty. His new ad (last one here) has him saying, “As a Christian missionary in Honduras, I learned that life is sacred. And that’s why I oppose the death penalty. I’ll carry out a death sentence, because that’s the law, but I won’t change my religious beliefs.”
A few points:
-No one’s questioning his religious belief. They’re questioning his activism against the death penalty. Likening it to the gulags shows a callousness for the most grave injustices.
-He only learned about the sacredness of life in his 20s? He was raised Catholic, so why didn’t that sink in before then?
-The Catholic Church doesn’t even teach outright opposition to the death penalty — it’s not grouped among inherent evils like abortion, which Tim Kaine has never lifted a finger against like his anti-death penalty work. In fact, Church teaching allows that the death penalty may be a just punishment. Avery Cardinal Dulles explains it particularly well in this 2001 article in First Things:
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?