The Herd Mentality

Republicans have the elephant as their mascot, but that doesn’t mean we should stampede like a herd for every conservative platform that might win us some votes.  Though our party has backed prolife legislation, when it comes to criminals, we’re pro-death.  Doesn’t the incongruency trouble death penalty supporters?  Many Republicans quote the Bible in their advocacy for the unborn.  Many Republican unashamedly profess their Christian faith and insist the New Testament curses homosexuality and blesses heterosexual marriage.  Have those same Christians forgotten the New Testament’s command to forgive and to seek for everyone to come to salvation in Christ.  Once criminals are dead, they have no chance for repentance.

Even more compelling for abolition of the death penalty is the numerous wrong convictions.

See Rod Dreher. for logical reasons for why Republicans should reject the death penalty.

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  1. #1 by averageamericanblogger on September 9, 2011 - 3:41 pm

    I wrote an answer to your question on my blogpost today. I am a conservative and not necessarily pro death penalty, but not necessarily con either.
    People are tired of feeling unsafe, of having to look over our shoulder and lock our car doors even while we’re driving around. We want to be able to feel safe again. That’s really at the heart of the matter.
    For Conservatives, the greater inconsistency seems to be having compassion for murderers, but not for innocent unborn babies.

  2. #2 by Renegade Republican on September 10, 2011 - 8:37 pm

    I agree that having compassion for murderers but not for unborn babies is a greater inconsistency, but their greater inconsistency doesn’t make the predominent Republican view of the death penalty consistent with their prolife stance on abortion.

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