Reader: Support drops for death penalty, Christie cuts off Jersey Shore, New group defends marriage advocates

Welcome to the Lunchtime Reader, where we assemble important stories to keep your eyes on. I consider this good news: Support for the death penalty has dropped to a 20-year low, according to a CBS/New York Times poll. In October 1988, when death penalty became a major issue in the Bush/Dukakis presidential race, 78% of Americans supported the death penalty. The number is now at 60%. Opposition gre... More

Humberto Leal Garcia

Once again, after an execution in the United States I am left saying: What he did to 16-year-old Adria Sauceda was despicably evil, but I don’t understand why killing him was justice. Political muscle-flexing surely is not a good reason. That is what Toby Harnden sees it as, considering the controversial nature of this execution in particular, with citizenship and states-rights issues raised &... More

Hem Needed

The New York Times celebrates Illinois governor Pat Quinn’s moral wrestling with capital punishment: With the stroke of the governor’s pen, the cardinal has been posthumously vindicated on at least one piece of that seamless garment. In doing so, Mr. Quinn, a Democrat, also ratified the cardinal’s belief that religious thought has a place in the formulation of law, a premise the governor’s... More

Illinois ends the death penalty, but abortion remains legal

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill to ban the death penalty Has it ever happened to you? You ask a fellow Catholic to reject a candidate who supports abortion. They reply with: “But what about the death penalty?” Nevermind the obvious fact that one ends the life of a convicted criminal, the other ends the life of an innocent baby. (By the way, CatholicVote opposes the death penalty. So do I.... More
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