In California, last year, we had a petition drive at our church to abolish the death penalty in the state. The people pushing this petition were those of whom I would refer as the “social justice” crowd. These people, to a large extent, are very anti-death penalty but when it comes to abortion, they don’t even blink, or totally ignore it. They are also on the very liberal side and vote for liberal or progressive politicians who are very pro-abortion. This week the state of Arkansas executed two inmates on death row; for the first time in 12 years. As a pro-life person, it is always puzzling to reconcile this situation. How can someone be against the death penalty and yet ignore abortion. Let’s look at the statistics. As of 2014 there have been over 57 million abortions since 1973 in the United States, that’s roughly 1.3 million per year average. Since 1976 there have been 1,300 executions of death row inmates in the entire United States.
Death row inmates are guilty persons who have committed crimes against humanity and have been adjudicated by a court to be guilty and have been so condemned. The unborn, on the other hand, are totally innocent and have been killed, not by a court, but by a mother who does not wish to have a baby for reasons such as “I’m not ready to be a mother,” or “it’s too inconvenient and it will interfere with my career.” The unborn are fully human, as confirmed by science. Click here for confirmation. Have you seen drawings or pictures of how unborn children are ripped apart inside the mother? Abortion doctors count all the limbs after an abortion to make sure they got the entire baby. In the famous case of Dr. Kermit Gosnell in Philadelphia, he even killed babies who came out whole in a botched abortion attempt. The book, Gosnell, details what happened in excruciating details; you must read it to believe it.
The Bible is very specific when it come to shedding innocent blood: Proverbs 6:16-19
There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.
Martin O’Malley is the very liberal Catholic Governor of Maryland with national ambitions. He recently boasted about having passed a law abolishing capital punishment in Maryland on March 15, 2013. In reading the statement he put out on this, I found the reasons he gave for abolishing the death penalty very puzzling. Here they are: costs, it does not work and possible racial discrimination. What? No dignity of life? Now, I don’t have any argument against him passing this law. Although I am agnostic on this issue, I follow the Catholic church teaching which is against the death penalty. I also believe that the death penalty is a dignity of life issue, despite the Governor’s reasons stated earlier. Some facts: Since 1976 only 1,264 convicted criminals have been executed in the United States by order of a competent court of law. Since 1973 we’ve killed over 55 million babies. Only 40 of 50 States are required to report abortion statistics, California, for example, does not report abortion statistics so the 55 million number stated earlier is a very low estimate.
I also find it curious that Governor O’Malley is not an advocate for the unborn. As a Democrat he fully supports the Democratic Party’s pro-abortion agenda with abortion rights up to and including a born alive abortion attempt as President Obama does. As an Illinois senator, Obama voted against the “Born Alive” bill. Governor O’Malley supports President Obama 100% from what he’s stated in the past. As Lt. Columbo would say: just a couple of questions before I go: Why are you Catholic if you do not follow Church teaching? and why is an innocent unborn child fair game for killing while a convicted murderer is not? O’Malley touts his “Catholic Faith:” “My Catholic faith has taught me that there is no such thing as a spare person,” he said, “and we progress as a community in response to diversity.” Click here for the full story on this from the Catholic Review. Now that is very strange when you consider that he totally ignores his “Catholic faith” when it comes to the unborn, religious liberty, and for marriage being between a man and one woman. Just what makes you Catholic Governor O’Malley? Can you be a Catholic and only support 50% of what your church supports? Governor O’Malley believes that the Church grades on the curve. Don’t know if it does, but I would not bet on it.
This is very typical of most liberal Catholic and Protestant pro-abortion advocates. They focus like a laser on the death penalty and the poor, but ignore the killing of unborn babies like it never happens. So, to put it into perspective, they concentrate on the drip in their faucet rather than the gusher of water of a fire hydrant that has been sheered off. What universe are these people from? Intellectual dishonesty is rampant on the left. For the left, Catholic is not their religion, Christianity is not their religion, no, leftism is.