You know, the fact that Troy Davis was in all likelihood innocent is what sparked nationwide protests against his execution and as I explained in my post in Feminists for Choice, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops didn’t do anything to stop this gross violation of their religious principles.
So now I ask this again, isn’t a part of being pro-life that you support all life? As in, whether the person is guilty or not doesn’t matter right? Catholicism deems all life to be sacred and is religiously and morally against executions right?
So, why isn’t the USCCB protesting the seven executions scheduled in March (this number does not include ones that have been stayed or will likely be stayed)? Again, are their lives unimportant?
I guess they’re too busy fighting against birth control rights so that they can save the lives that would be conceived if these women didn’t use birth control. I guess God told them that they could pick and chose which lives and principles were the most sacred.
It’s either that or, I can only assume, that they’re thinking ’come on, messing with women and trying to assert our dominance over them is so much more fun than pissing off our Republican constituents and actually saving some real lives. Plus those people deserve to die, IT’S THE UNBORN WE NEED TO SAVE!’
Really though and in all seriousness, it seems as if they chose their positions and advocacy based, less on religion, and more on political grandstanding.
For example, the USCCB has a sorry-excuse of a website as their ‘campaign to end capital punishment’. There isn’t much information on it but if you go through the Issues and Actions tab on the main USCCB site and click on Death Penalty you will see exactly how hard they have recently fought for the end of capital punishment.
The two press releases dated in March 2011 focus on Illinois barring capital punishment. While it’s great that the USCCB supported the move, they again failed to use their advocating prowess. The dates of the press releases speak for them selves. The actual PR statement supporting the bill was released on March 3, 2011. The bill in question ( SB3539) was passed on March 9, 2011 and had been in the works and on paper since early 2010. The USCCB joined the cause when they were almost 99% sure the bill was going to pass. So was it a fight for their religious principles or political grandstanding or a little bit of both?
Preceding this PR statement, they have a link that leads to this (lots of talk as you can see), another one that links to the website I mentioned above, and then the next post is dated 2006 (where is the action?).
Lots of campaigning and hard work, I see.
So why focus so hard on birth control and abortion but almost entirely ignore capital punishment? Isn’t all life sacred?
Consider this: In 2012, while the USCCB was busy bashing women, birth control, and fighting for God’s Word, 6 executions were carried out in the United States. Six real lives they didn’t fight for.
Regarding the names below, I have no idea if the men are innocent or guilty of the crimes they committed though they were all, obviously, found guilty. These are all horrible crimes but the point is that the USCCB is actively ignoring their religious principles, the same principles that led them to launch their vicious attack on women’s rights and the same principles that we’ve seen come forth in the silliness that was the Issa Panel and this whole birth control mandate uproar.
List of upcoming executions:
March 7 - Keith Thurmond
March 8 - Robert Towery
March 15- Timothy Stemple
March 20- Larry Puckett
March 22- William Mitchell
March 28- Jesse Hernandez
March 29- Tommy Arthur
- Catholic Bishops Respond to Obama’s Compromise (frstephensmuts.wordpress.com)
- Catholic Bishops Practicing Ethics Lite In Debate Over Contraception (lezgetreal.com)
- Random Thoughts on the Contraception Battle (firedoglake.com)
- Abortion Issue in Catholic Bishops Sex Trafficking Victim Funding (abcnews.go.com)