Tuesday, January 19, 2010
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Roy Brown seems like a rarity - a conservative who's against the death penalty.
But to Brown, a state senator and the 2008 Republican nominee for governor of Montana, the philosophy aligns perfectly with conservative ideology. He's one of the more high-profile figures reaching out to other social and fiscal conservatives, hoping to create a bipartisan movement against capital punishment.
The effort has been backed by Richard Viguerie, a fundraiser and activist considered the father of the modern conservative movement. Viguerie, in a July 2009 essay in Sojourners magazine, wrote that executions are supposed to take the life of the guilty - but noted there are enough flaws in the system to fear an innocent person has been put to death.
Viguerie noted that death row inmates have been exonerated by DNA evidence, raising the prospect that prosecutors and juries made mistakes in cases without scientific evidence and in cases that predate the science.
"To conservatives, that should be deemed as immoral as abortion," Viguerie wrote.
(HT: Opinionated Catholic)