- The Washington Times - Monday, March 2, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Gov. Martin O’Malley “took his campaign against Maryland’s death penalty to the streets Wednesday, praying and marching with clergy in opposition” to capital punishment (“O’Malley marches against death penalty,” Page 1, Thursday).

The governor observed that he has 22 Senate votes to repeal the death penalty, but the “Holy Spirit might have 24, so let’s give him a shot.” If the governor is not interested in wasting “one instant, one day, one cent, one dime, serving death,” he needs to practice his faith as a consistent Catholic and defend the life of the great multitude of babies who are about to be born but are instead butchered in the name of choice at abortion clinics.

It is hypocritical, irrational and illogical that Mr. O’Malley supports abortion on demand - which is totally inconsistent with basic Catholic doctrine - yet chooses to uphold the Church’s position in opposing the death penalty. Has it ever occurred to liberal Christians that God supports the death penalty as it was His will for the Lord Jesus Christ to die for the sins of humanity? Therefore, had liberals like Mr. O’Malley had his way 2,000 years ago, there would be no remission for our sins.

When I first heard of the governor aligning himself with religious leaders in Annapolis, I was perplexed as to the overt silence from activist groups such as the Americans United for Separation of Church and State, People for the American Way and the American Civil Liberties Union.

When it comes to championing political causes of the left, it is permissible for elected officials to invoke their faith and attend marches with religious clergy.These groups aggressively silence and intimidate Christians more so than other faiths with the mendacious notion that there is an impregnable wall of “separation of church and state” in the U.S. Constitution.

MATTHEW PASALIC

Catonsville, Md.


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