Nat Hentoff has passed away. He was a journalist, jazz musician, and Atheist. Hentoff reasoned to the Catholic conclusion that it was inconsistent to be anti-war and anti-capital punishment without being anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia: Abortion and the Indivisible Fight for Life. May he rest in peace.
Motivated by their Catholic faith, Andy and Kate Grosmaire, decided to forgive their daughter’s killer. Instead of criminal court they pursued restorative justice. It’s in The New York Times: Can Forgiveness Play A Role in Criminal Justice? See photos after the jump:
“It’s hard to avoid giving up some of your empathy and humanity to aid in the killing of another human being.”
Semon Frank Thompson supported the death penalty before he carried it out. We often forget the harm done to innocent people whom we ask to kill, on our behalf: What I Learned From Executing Two Men