The state of Wyoming voted yesterday on a measure that would have repealed the death penalty there. It failed. While I expected as much, the comment by State Senator Lynn Hutchings on why she voted to preserve capital punishment is exceptionally appalling.
“The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty,” Hutchings said. “I’m grateful to him because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”
I can’t even wrap my head around the Lovecraftian levels of madness packed into that statement.
The United States, which professes to be a Christian nation, is the last Western nation to still execute prisoners. This is one of the reasons I’m glad to live in Europe, where capital punishment has been abolished. It’s also why I self-identify as a Buddhist.