UPDATED: In response to a comment from a reader, we’ve removed the quotation marks around the word minister that appeared in the original headline of this post. We have no reason to doubt the legitimacy of Rev. Pittman’s credentials — just his very troubling beliefs.
Lost somewhat in the shuffle of the hubbub surrounding Governor Perdue’s announcement yesterday was the story regarding State Representative Larry Pittman. Pittman, who is apparently also – amazingly enough – a minister, said the following in an email to all of his fellow members of the House regarding the controversial letter of a mentally ill death row inmate:
I saw him on the news, and was thoroughly disgusted. We need to make the death penalty a real deterrent again by actually carrying it out. Every appeal that can be made should have to be made at one time, not in a serial manner. It is good that DNA evidence can show that someone is innocent; but it needs to be emphasized that it can also help prove someone is guilty. If murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well) are actually executed, it will at least have the deterrent effect upon them. For my money, we should go back to public hangings, which would be more of a deterrent to others, as well.
What news coverage there has been seems to have focused on the fact that Pittman called for public hangings. What has been surprising however has been the failure of the news media to focus on WHO Pittman said should be subject to such summary execution. Read his words again:
“murderers (and I would include abortionists, rapists, and kidnappers, as well)”
Really, Reverend Pittman? You support the death penalty for people who provide lawful. constitutionally protected, medical services?
These are the words of a seriously disturbed person. This is not something for which an apology will do. Any public official who endorses such a position — what basically amounts to the position of terrorists — is not worthy of elected office and ought to resign immediately.