Tuesday, July 09, 2002

By now, I'm guessing that most of you have seen Nino Scalia's words about the death penalty and the movements for abolishing it. Many in the center-left web world seem to be getting up in arms about it, but that only seems to be the case because the source is Nino Scalia.

Consider the exact same statement coming from a European advocate for death penalty abolition. Would I think that advocate had ingested some kind of wacky evangelical PCP? No, I'd think that person was issuing an indictment (earned) of organized Christianity in the United States. I'd see it as a criticism of the USA and a compliment toward Europe.

So Scalia made a true statement about the death penalty and its opponents. It just doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

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