Legislator/minister calls for executing abortion providers

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.

Rep. Pittman

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.



  1. Rev. Carl Johnson

    January 27, 2012 at 9:37 am

    Pittman is an embarrassment to the cloth and to public service.

  2. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Larry Pittman, advocate for murder. What divinty school produced this piece of refuse? Don’t tell me, he got the call. Hey Larry, I hear they’ve got some openings up in Coer d’Alene, Idaho, you’ll fit right in.

  3. david esmay

    January 27, 2012 at 9:56 am

    Is it just me, or does this guy not look like Ted Kaczynski?

  4. Jack

    January 27, 2012 at 10:12 am

    We longer need to wonder what is wrong with our NCGA.

  5. Em

    January 27, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    It was only a matter of time. The tide turns slowly in political life, but the radical right persists and each time someone gets away little evil ideas and statements– by being elected by like minded individuals–it gets easier for the next one to support even more radical ideas. Eventually, the country turns into a dictatorship, promoted and upheld by the haters and the supporters of hangings for anyone who disagrees with the new ‘normal.’

    Before you know it, those who can afford it–but don’t have the heart for face-to-face combat with these vermin–are applying for passports and heading for safer countries. I guess the KKK is still with us, only the range of targets has grown as people in various areas of life are opening the closet doors……and people are getting used to the spewings of people like this, so the hairs don’t stand up on the backs of their necks.

  6. Helaina

    January 27, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    This man should resign immediately. I have serious doubts as to his mental health. The death penalty should be ABOLISHED because it’s not worth the risk of executing an innocent person. Lock hardcore criminals up for life – and let a life sentence MEAN a life sentence. His comments about executing people who provide a legal medical service are reprehensible.

  7. Don McCoy

    January 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Well, lookey here! A minister-man who makes up laws and stuff for we’uns th people, way up yonder in Raleigh, done been playing with his electro-e-mail-thang-a-bob. Glory!

  8. Randolph

    January 28, 2012 at 3:50 pm


    Like this page
    “NC Representative Larry Pittman Must Resign Now”

  9. Gary J

    January 28, 2012 at 5:44 pm

    Why is it so difficult to find out what district this guy represents so we can let the people know they need to get rid of this wing nut?

  10. gregflynn

    January 29, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Gary, you can find out about representation by going to the NC General Assembly website ncleg.net and looking up an individual Representative or Senator under the headings House or Senate. Pittman represents House District 82. He was appointed to the seat vacated by Jeff Barnhart in September. District 82 is essentially the western half of Cabarrus County. District 83 is the other half. In the new redistricting map Cabarrus is split between three districts. I’m not sure which one Pittman is located in.

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