Friday, September 05, 2003

Hypocrisy of Capital Punishment

Paul Hill, a former Presbyterian pastor, was executed this week for the crime of killing a doctor who performed legal abortions. This means that the state of Florida legally killed a man for the illegal act of killing one doctor who legally killed hundreds of babies. Mr Hill justified his crime by citing legalized capital punishment. Per Mr. Hill, he was enforcing God's mandate of capital punishment as a method to deter the killing of many others. Isn't this one of the arguments our government uses to support the death penallty? Why was Mr. Hill a criminal for killing a person to save the lives of others, yet the state was justified in killing Mr. Hill for the same reason?

Pure hypocrisy. This is to be expected in a society that does not respect each and every person's inalienable right to life.

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