Applauding Rick Perry’s Executions & Retributive Justice

The Christian blogosphere lit up after the Republican debate on Wednesday night when the audience applauded Rick Perry’s response to a question on his state’s use of the death penalty. Bruce Reyes-Chow started it off with a post that “applauding executions might be American but it is not Christian.” Peter Catapano of the NY Times has a good summary of the blogs on “both sides of the aisle” that have followed.

I think the first thing that’s important to recognize is that the people who applauded at the debate weren’t applauding the loss of life. Continue reading