Friday, November 20, 2009

Right to Life?

According to a Pew Research Center Forum Survey, 74% of white, evangelical protestants think that abortion is morally wrong.  However, another survey from Pew, indicates that the same percentage, 74%, of white, evangelical protestants support the death penalty.  It seem ironic to me that the "Right to Life" group is so heavily in favor of taking life.

I know that these are not exactly the same people (i.e., some anti-abortionists are also anti-death penalty), but the trend is clear among this group - the right to life only applies to the beginning.  Sure, the people sentenced to death were found guilty and the fetuses are innocent, I understand that.  But with the number of death row inmates that have been set free because of new DNA evidence that shows that they were not the guilty party, I would think that we would be a little less diligent in carrying out executions or supporting them.  What ever happened to "judge not lest ye be judged" or "turn the other cheek"?  I am not suggesting that these prisoners should not be tried and convicted just that the viewpoint of the white, evangelical protestants is inconsistent.  Why do they not support life equally?  It seems that protecting the lives of the living is less important to them than  protecting the lives of those yet to be born.

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