- The Washington Times - Friday, March 22, 2013

As expected, the Maryland General Assembly voted to abolish capital punishment (“Md. House committee OKs death penalty repeal,” Web, March 8). Leftism is the most dynamic and vibrant religion in the West today. In many areas of life, from morals to education, economics and art, it is replacing the traditional American Judeo-Christian value system.

The leftist ideology says it is elevated, just, compassionate and kind to allow all murderers to retain their most precious possession: their life. Hence, leftists must also think their kindness is more important than the lives of murdered kindergartners and their families and friends. They must think it “progressive” for sadists to destroy the lives of so many in mass murder, then sit in prison and watch TV or write manifestos explaining their twisted views.

This is what the left calls elevated modern thought. The conservative right calls it degenerate, regressive, highly unjust, uncivilized and unkind. The left takes its dogma from the pages of The Washington Post and the The New York Times, the right from the only commandment in the Bible mentioned in all five key books of the Old Testament: A man who murders shall be killed. This, the conservative argues, elevates us by clearly and powerfully stating that life is the ultimate good — and life is the most precious thing on Earth.

When you take an innocent life, you pay with your own. Apparently, those on the left think the wisdom of the ages is wrong and they will, as our president has clearly articulated, transform us. The left and right live in two different moral universes.

HOWARD SACHS

Chevy Chase