Every now and then the call in talk show I listen to on ABC News Radio (KGO in my market) has the well tread issues of the death penalty and abortion. OK, political talk show, so what? But when a caller says they are pro-life and pro-death penalty they get blasted as being "inconsistent" even though many republicans have this pair of views. And when a caller chimes in and says they are pro-choice but anti-death penalty, a couple of the main hosts blast them, too even though this is a common stand of a lot of democrats. The main issue is you are either all in on life or not with no inbetween since they are both about the larger issue of sanctity of life. I used to disagree with combining them under such a bigger umbrella concept but I find myself being increasingly pro-life and anti-death penalty and finding this works for me. The only other way I can see it is pro-choice and pro-death penalty. Thoughts? I used to talk with a republican Catholic priest and he was staunchly pro-life and anti-death penalty because, well, the Bible said so. Taking the whole book into context, I am not sure that's what it says. If you just read the red letters of Jesus' writings, then yes that's what it says which was part of why the cultures of that time wanted him dead. Jesus did not often fit with what the Jews, Greeks, and Romans believed and he certainly did not fit nicely into any political structure. In that time his ideas were catching fire so he was killed as that was a common way to deal with a new threat. Some may suggest that Jesus' anti-death penalty views was a protest to the Roman rule who often trumped up treason charges on any dissenting views and simply executed them. It was their final, harsh way to make others conform to Rome. But I also have a liberal friend, very anti-religious but he's pro-choice and pro-death penalty and he only sees one other possibility which is the pro-life, anti-death penalty stance. Like the priest he says it's all about being literal with the sanctity of life or not. For him, it's not practical to have children around being raised by teens who may not be ready, and also it's not a great idea to have sociopathic murderers ever have the chance of walking the street again. He lives right next to Oakland so he sees it all the time and the best way (in his view) to deal with live by the gun die by the gun ganstas is to execute them if they have killed others.