The Death Rattle of O’Malley’s Credibility

Perhaps no public figure in the country has been more visible or vocal in their opposition to the death penalty than our Governor, Martin O’Malley. Between several opinion pieces, speeches, pronouncements in the press  and legislative appeals, he’s made it a personal mission to eliminate the death penalty in Maryland. I’ve no doubt he is acting out of deep conviction in pursuing this policy change.  Therefore, it’s a shame that the stench of hypocrisy hangs over every word he utters in opposition to the death penalty:

Will we be a society guided by the notion that two wrongs somehow make a right?  Or will we be a society guided by the fundamental civil and human rights bestowed on humankind by God?

He even invoked the Holy Spirit in his efforts to enact a repeal. O'Malley, a Roman Catholic, told a prayer breakfast audience he was two votes shy of what he needed in the Senate to pass his bill "but the Holy Spirit might have 24, so let's give it a shot." He said Maryland should "not waste one instant, one day, one cent, one dime, serving death.”

 Bravo, Governor O’Malley. So when will we cease wasting “one instant, one day, one cent, one dime” on the death of the innocent unborn? Maryland has the 4th highest abortion rate in the country, so while abortion rates in the U.S. from 1991 to 2005 dropped to 19.4 per 1,000 women of reproductive age, they increased in Maryland to 31.5 per 1,000.While you speak and shed tears over the moral imperative of saving convicted murderers from state-sponsored executions of which only five have taken place since 1978, between 35,000-40,000 unborn babies a year in Maryland are dismembered and suctioned out of their mother’s womb with no lawyers, appeals or protests in front of the State House declaring the defense of their “human rights bestowed on humankind by God.”

Does your concern over racial disparities in death penalty cases extend to the racial disparities in abortion, where black women make up 13% of the American female population but 36% of all abortions? Does it offend your racial sensibilities to know that one in every two black pregnancies ends in abortion? Does it bother you that 17 million black babies have died because of abortion, more than any other cause of death in the black community combined, including murder and capital punishment? While you declare not “one cent, one dime” should be wasted on the death penalty, are you at all astounded by the $4 billion a year that flows from the wallets of black people into the coffers of the aborturaries?

Did it ever occur to you that abortion can’t even withstand the legal test of reasonable doubt? In a capital murder case, the verdict must be unanimous and if there’s even a shred of doubt, the legal system must err on the side of life and liberty for the accused. There is no legal consensus in this country on the beginning of human life and the Roe vs. Wade decision didn’t even address the issue. If there is doubt, then the legal standard suggests we err on the side of life and liberty, in this case for the voiceless and defenseless.

I would contend, of course, there should be no doubt; virtually all attempts to define when human life begins are arbitrary and indefensible. It’s not a baby in the first two trimesters but it is in the third? Is any baby truly viable even after birth without the care of the mother? I was born at 28 weeks and survived so my life was protected, yet a baby still in the womb at 28 weeks can be legally murdered by an abortionist? None of it makes sense.

Only one definition is without conflict or contradiction; at conception, a new human being begins the journey of life. Obstetricians know, mothers know, even children know. If you say it’s “above my pay-grade,” think back to when you first learned you were going to be a father. The truth will come to you very quickly and if it doesn’t, it’s because you are denying it.

Frankly, Governor, I am weary of you and other pro-abortion Catholics who profess your faith yet willfully fail to practice it in all areas of your life. Want to hear the most tired, most offensive, most hypocritical phrase in the world?

“While I am personally opposed to abortion, I cannot impose my religious beliefs on others who do not share my views.”

I have a solution to that dilemma for all Catholic politicians who feel that way – quit and never run for office again. Clearly, politics is causing you to sin and separate yourself from God.Matthew 5:29 quotes Jesus as saying, "If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” It’s not my desire to see anyone perish, so my suggestion is given in good faith – a faith, by the way, to which I must surrender all of my life, not just the parts I desire.