Given all the news about the Troy Davis execution (and the relative lack of news about the execution of James Byrd’s killer – -where are his defenders, by the way?), I thought it was time to re-run this simple pie chart. (First, though, be sure to read Ann Coulter’s piece about Davis, which has a lot of specific, accessible facts that anyone is welcome to try and refute. Oddly, none of the mainstream media pieces I’ve seen on him mention any of her facts. It is almost as if they have an agenda . . .)
My main point here is to note that if the people complaining about Davis’ alleged innocence were remotely consistent, they would be going insane over the “capital punishment” of roughly 20,000 innocent human beings in the U.S. this week. Their crime? Being unwanted by their parent(s). And they are completely, indistiputably, 100.00% innocent of any capital crimes. But they get no trials, no t-shirts and no sympathy from the mainstream media or the Left. They are just destroyed and forgotten.
Oh, and on the capital punishment / racism angle, remember that the abortion rate for blacks is 3 times that of whites. Yet the Left reflexively plays the race card on the Right?!
I was once asked why I am pro-life but not anti-capital punishment (I am in favor of capital punishment, but only if it is applied in a Biblical model). The pro-life / pro-capital punishment view is often ridiculed in the media and entertainment, and I have heard many Christians mock it as well.
The main reason I find the pro-life movement to be more important is shown in the pie chart above. Since the Roe v Wade Supreme Court decision, there have been over one million abortions per year. I rounded down to a million and then calculated the weekly amount of 19,231 human beings killed per week. Then I graphed the average of 1 (one) death via capital punishment per week (actually, the average is about 0.65, but I rounded up). It took almost thirty years to mark the 1,000th execution since the Supreme Court ruled it was legal again.
So what you see is a rather odd pie chart. The capital punishment slice of the pie is almost invisible.
In a given week in the U.S., there are 19,231 deaths of completely innocent humans versus 1 death of a convicted murderer who survived an average of over 14 years of appeals, and whose guilt is virtually certain. (And this doesn’t even take into account the shattered lives of the women/boyfriends/husbands/parents who live with the pain of having the abortions or encouraging someone to have one). That is why my energy would still be directed to the pro-life movement even if I thought that capital punishment was un-Biblical.
Actually, I am OK with unrestricted access to abortions – provided that the unborn get the same 10+ years of appeals that condemned killers do.
Or, to paraphrase Randy, I’m pro-choice as long as the unborn human being is the one making the life or death decision.
More on capital punishment here.