Well, This is Disturbing

The state of Wyoming voted yesterday on a measure that would have repealed the death penalty there.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.

4 comments / Add your comment below

  1. During his “emergency” press conference, Individual 1 says he wants the death penalty for drug trafficking. Because Pres Xi told him that’s working out great in China. No better role model than a government renowned for human rights violations and covering up the truth about its problems.

    We’re all going to die of ignorance.

  2. State Senator Hutchings needs to go back to Sunday School, if indeed she ever attended it. She clearly does not understand the Atonement… or even the historical events of the time. It was the Pharisees who wanted to kill Jesus, but they were not allowed to, so they went to the Romans and pleaded with them to kill Him – even Pontius Pilate didn’t want to as he could find no legal reason to do it.

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