Justice Scalia Chastises Death Penalty Opponents, Touts His Privilege

“A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. . . . I renew the appeal I made . . . for a consensus to end the death penalty, which is both cruel and unnecessary.”

Those words are from Pope John Paul II. The Roman Catholic Church firmly states that the death penalty is immoral, cruel, and un-Christian.

That means Justice Antonin Scalia, a Catholic, must be against it, right?

Wrong! In fact, Scalia not only supports the death penalty, he actually wrote an entire concurring opinion in the Supreme Court’s recent decision to uphold a controversial lethal-injection cocktail. His defense? If we do not support the death penalty, we take “a let-them-eat cake obliviousness to the needs of others.”

In other words, if we don’t support government-sponsored murder, we are like Marie Antoinette…we can’t relate to the average American.

Justice Stephen Breyer, who dissented and called for the abolition of the death penalty, was the subject of Scalia’s inappropriate and idiotic concurrence. Scalia contends that he “rejects the Enlightenment,” an era that saw intellectual philosophers promote reason, analysis, and individualism and challenged traditional lines of authority.

Wrote Scalia:

“[W]e federal judges live in a world apart from the vast majority of Americans. After work, we retire to homes in placid suburbia or to high-rise co-ops with guards at the door. We are not confronted with the threat of violence that is ever present in many Americans’ everyday lives. The suggestion that the incremental deterrent effect of capital punishment does not seem ‘significant’ reflects, it seems to me, a let-them-eat cake obliviousness to the needs of others. Let the People decide how much incremental deterrence is appropriate.”

In other words: because we are so prestigious and have body guards, it doesn’t affect us, and because everyday Americans get murdered and we don’t, we need the death penalty.

How very un-Catholic…supporting murder and puffing out his chest in pride.

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