Throughout high school and early college, I was outspokenly pro-death penalty. I was a firm believer that some mistakes were unforgivable, and punishable by death. I believed that murderers, rapists, et cetera should have their life taken from them for committing such a heinous crime. And I viewed these criminals as if they weren’t human beings with a heart, soul, family, and even friends. When I began viewing these criminals as humans, my feelings drastically changed.
See, I knew that they were humans who had made a mistake, but it’s easier to view them as their crime rather than as human beings, when thinking about the death penalty. After taking time to reflect on my views, I realized that I held them because I thought that stance was expected of me, and I’m not quite sure why I believed that.
Now, I am pro-life from womb to tomb. I believe that everyone deserves a chance at life, and shouldn’t have it taken from another. There are two sides to why I believe this, though. One comes from the perspective as a Christian, and the other as a conservative. Let’s look at the subject at hand through each lens.