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Sunday, June 15, 2014


            We, the comrades of Unit 1012, strongly denounce the work of Helen Prejean on ending the death penalty. Her Book, ‘Dead Man Walking: The Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty That Sparked a National Debate’, is a Book full of lies, which we recommend people not to read it. We will post two articles, one of them which is praising her, the other is condemning her before we give our thoughts.  

A Nun and a Movie Star Walk Into a Bar...
June 19, 2013

Okay, it was a restaurant, in New Orleans, where Sister Helen Prejean ate crawfish with Susan Sarandon and the movie "Dead Man Walking" was birthed. Listen to 2 very funny minutes of Sister Helen talking about this meeting.

But before there was a movie – or for that matter, an opera, a play, and an album – there was the book that inspired them. DEAD MAN WALKING: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in America by Sister Helen Prejean is twenty years old. A book that is at heart a great story, not a polemic or a piece of propaganda, but a story that lets people see what the death penalty is, what it does, and, for many readers, why it must be ended.

The book was re-released yesterday by Random House, with a new afterward by the author, by Susan Sarandon (who played Helen in the movie) and by the movie's director and author of the play, Tim Robbins. The new foreword is by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who is of course himself a committed abolitionist. It has been a bestseller in many languages, and is credited by many as having begun the dialogue that continues to change the way Americans see the death penalty. As the Archbishop says:

While we [in South Africa] held our national "Truth and Reconciliation Commission" hearings and struggled to rebuild South Africa, people around the world were also making the connections and learning about the death penalty---how racist, unfair, and broken it is—and slowly a new global movement for the abolition of the death penalty began. At the heart of that movement was Dead Man Walking, this extraordinary, moving, historic book by Sister Helen Prejean.

Sister Helen was on The Rachel Maddow Show last night, and displayed the authenticity and clarity of her moral vision that made such a profound difference in this global movement toward abolition. As the website for the new edition, www.DMW20.org notes, the ACLU has been a part of that effort both before and after it established the Capital Punishment Project in 1974. (The picture above shows Sister Helen celebrating with staff and volunteers of CPP at a visit to our offices in Durham, NC in 2011.)

There will be a number of events around this 20 year anniversary. Helen will be interviewed on radio's Democracy Now and by Andrea Mitchell today; in the coming weeks there will be other speeches and interviews. As always, she will talk about how her experience took her someplace few Americans get to see, and how she was compelled to take us all on that journey with her. As she did on the Maddow show last night, she will speak about the importance of not preaching to people, but giving them some facts so they could make up their own minds. She will do it with honesty, respect for her readers and listeners, and she will do it with humor.

That humor – like the title of this blog – may unsettle some people. What's funny about the death penalty, after all? But listen to Sister Helen Prejean in one of these interviews or in the pages of her books, and you understand that her humor co-exists with a profound appreciation of the suffering of murder victims and their loved ones, as well as the condemned and their families. You will find that humor, like love, compassion, and a thirst for justice, is a part of Sister Helen Prejean and a part of the movement to end the death penalty.

But listen to Sister Helen Prejean in one of these interviews or in the pages of her books, and you understand that her humor co-exists with a profound appreciation of the suffering of murder victims and their loved ones, as well as the condemned and their families. You will find that humor, like love, compassion, and a thirst for justice, is a part of Sister Helen Prejean and a part of the movement to end the death penalty.

RESPOND: NO WAY! We, the comrades of Unit 1012: The VFFDP, know for sure that Helen Prejean DOES NOT show any support for murder victims and their loved ones. She only shows support for her murderers and for evil. We are the one who truly care for the grieving victims and their families. 

If she claims that she care for the victims’ families, then she needs to DENOUNCE the ACLU Demons. She can be a good friend of the ACLU Attorney, Denny LeBoeuf, which we denounce her work of loving and coddling evildoers.

Sister Prejean's Spin Insults the Preborn
Monday, January 17, 2011 - By Judie Brown 

This past Friday Judge Andrew Napolitano, Catholic host of Fox Business Channels Freedom Watch, conducted an interview with anti-capital punishment activist Sister Helen Prejean. Napolitano introduced her as a leading voice in the anti-death-penalty movement and the pro-life movement.

The interview came about because of the monstrous crimes in Arizona including the brutal murder of nine-year-old Christina-Taylor Green

Sister Helen Prejean's position is clear in that she is absolutely opposed to the use of the death penalty in any case. She further claims that, during a conversation she had with Pope John Paul II, he concurred in her perspective and developed the Church teaching to the point where, in her opinion, abortion, euthanasia and capital punishment are all regarded with the same degree of moral gravity, meaning that the use of capital punishment is no different than aborting a preborn child. Prejean's position is similar to that of the 1980 United States Conference of Catholic Bishops position

When Napolitano asked Prejean about violence in society and the cultural response to it, even when considering a crime as dastardly as the Arizona shooting spree, Prejean should have pointed out that in a society gone mad with thirst for the blood of the preborn baby it is not surprising that all manner of violence, including the tragic acts of a maniacal human being like Jared Loughner, should not be shocking. Rather if one examines what violence actually is, Loughner's heinous crimes are on par with those of any practitioner of abortion.

Sadly, Prejean never once tied the inhumane, grisly murder of innocent children prior to birth with the defense she offered for the Loughners of the world by arguing that violence should never beget violence. She is correct of course, except that when that violence is protected by law, it becomes a right. That itself is remarkably horrifying.

As a Catholic, Prejean should understand the fundamental teaching of the Church on abortion and capital punishment because there is a nuanced difference.

On abortion, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states,"Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law."

On the death penalty, the Catechism of the Catholic Church states, "Today, in fact, as a consequence of the possibilities which the state has for effectively preventing crime, by rendering one who has committed an offense incapable of doing harm, without definitely taking away from him the possibility of redeeming himself, the cases in which the execution of the offender is an absolute necessity are very rare, if not practically non-existent."

In other words, abortion is a crime against God while the death penalty is the exercise of a type of civil punishment in response to a heinous crime that is to be used rarely, if at all.

This distinction, if made, brings home the grave evil of abortion in a way rarely considered by a culture that prefers to place perpetrators of some crimes in the role of victim while avoiding the reality of other crimes by hiding behind unjust laws.

If, as Prejean said on the program, government-approved killing doubles the homicide rate in countries where the death penalty is approved, what then occurs when the mass murder of babies is government approved? Prejean says the message of capital punishment, which she defines as violence, is that when you have a problem with somebody, "takin' 'em out is the answer."

That's what pro-aborts say as well, Sister. So why did you not connect the dots for Napolitano and his audience by exposing the bloodiest criminal acts ever approved by any government in the history of the human race, abortion?

Shame on you, Sister Prejean! The unintended consequence of your failure to point this out is the continuing societal ignorance on the truth about abortion and its victims.

Kirby Voss | 2013-01-15 21:39:31
I am baffled by the very concept of this article. Baffled. Of the millions of people you could "shame," you chose one who is fighting a moral battle different, but in alignment with, from your own? Abortion is wrong. So is the death penalty. Sister Prejean choses to bettle the death penalty. Why condem her for it? That is the same as condeming Jesus for saving the adulterer, but not condeming the Romans for their brutal wars. He picked his battles. So did she. Who are you to judge Sister Prejean when Jesus judged no one? Fighting your allies opnly helps your enemies.
Dwain Currier | 2013-01-18 09:11:37
SIster Prejean mistakenly gives to capital punishment the same grave moral consequence as abortion, when in fact the Catholic Church teaches otherwise. Abortion is always wrong and its legality is always wrong. The same cannot be said of capital punishment. Only its application can be wrong.

Carol Hillman | 2012-05-23 13:02:14
Preborn? That's a new term to me! Either someone is born or is a FETUS. People who would deny a woman the right to choose are way too concerned with fetuses. Moreover, the war against women is more connected to our violent society than the right to choice!
Dwain Currier | 2012-05-23 16:37:49
Your comparison is incorrect. While pre-born refers to a child's stage of birth, fetus refers to a child's stage of developmental growth. A fetus can still be born as in the case of a miscarriage. Such a child could be referred to as a miscarried or stillborn fetus.

Bill Beckman | 2011-01-19 13:27:48
I was present at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, IL about 7-8 years ago when Sister Prejean gave a talk opposing the death penalty. I went up to her after her talk to tell her that every point she made applied exactly the same way to abortion. She claimed she opposed abortion, even though she had never made any reference to abortion in her talk. After seeing other articles about her work opposing the death penalty and who she interacted with, I concluded that she would never touch abortion because she would lose support for her cause from those who support abortion, but oppose the death penalty, and she was not willing to take that risk. Can you imagine how differently she would be treated by the lamestream media if she publicly opposed abortion as well as the death penalty?

Luis Howard for the Howard Family | 2011-01-18 15:45:05
JMJ You are 100% correct, as usual, Judy. Now, who has the responsibility to correct Prejean? Even given the hierarchical nature of authority in our Holy Church, there must be someone who has that responsibility. How do ordinary Caholics put pressure on that person? Is it Prejean's local bishop? Who is he? How do we contact him? Let's not stop at saying "Shame on you, Prejean." Let's take care of this problem.

Joe | 2011-01-18 13:20:13
I generally now use the term "prenatal homicide" instead of the dry clinical term "abortion". I urge everyone else in the unborn human rights movement to do the same.

Mary Fortino | 2011-01-18 12:43:23
I find especially the failure of some of our bishops and religious very disturbing when they cannot see the difference between an innocent unborn child and a convicted felon. The unborn often has no one speaking up for it's right to life and the other hired attorneys and family asking that their life be spared. Some how the death penalty is considered cruel and unusual punishment yet dismemberment of the unborn okay. Very disturbing indeed.

Beverly McCormick | 2011-01-18 08:25:53
AMEN! I couldn't agree more. Too often, tv hosts and their guests fail to bring out the entire truth of very important issues, thus allowing for the continued perpetration of evil.

Ken Fitzgerald | 2011-01-17 21:00:24
The Catholic Catechism, sections 2265-2267 shows that the Church recognizes that a legitimate government, to achieve or maintain peace or the common good, must have recourse to capital punishment. But the Catechism recognizes no time that abortion will be helpful.

Grace Harman | 2011-01-17 20:30:57
Remember "Humanae Vitae"? Within the Catholic Church there was an uproar among Church leaders that caused Many to speak out against it. This "Dissent" set an example to Catholic leaders to listen to the pro-abortion and population control-ers. That is why we have pro-abortion politicians to this day. Did the Bishops ever recant the shameful statement of dissent? I have heard that poor nations did, but not those in the U.S. and Europe. If that is so this may be why we still suffer the scourge of abortion.

John Peters | 2011-01-17 18:17:03
Almost everyone is willing to talk about saving the tiny number of criminals subject to the death penalty, but Prejean and her sympathizers rarely talk about the 50+ million babies murdered in their mothers' wombs.

Vince | 2011-01-17 16:38:52
Sister Prejean: Mollycoddling the abortionists only inspires more hatered and contempt. If you're ashamed now, I'm sure Jesus will be ashamed of you later.

Chantell | 2011-01-17 15:40:18
What is Helen Prejean's problem? Why is she so preoccupied with fighting against the death penelty? Why doesn't she focus more on abortion or euthanasia? What business does she have saying capital punishment is the same as abortion or euthanasia? Chantell Snyder

            To Helen Prejean who is Anti-Death Penalty and claim to be against abortion, please stay away from the ACLU Demons who are Anti-Death Penalty (Pro Murderers) and Pro Choice. Do not associate yourself with them anymore, we rather you join the Priests for Life and other Pro-Life Groups, in dedicating themselves (full time) to end abortion.

            Allying yourself with the ACLU Demons to end the death penalty, reminds us of what Albert Einstein in private conversation relating to the Reichskonkordat said:

"Since when can one make a pact with Christ and Satan at the same time?”

            We, the comrades of Unit 1012, prayed to Jesus Christ to defeat the ACLU Demons in Proposition 34 and he answered us. We wish you can be more like Blessed Clemens August Graf von Galen, who played a part in ending Aktion T4, by speaking out against evil. He was quoted as saying on his August 3, 1941 sermon:

"Thou shalt not kill." God engraved this commandment on the souls of men long before any penal code... God has engraved these commandments in our hearts... They are the unchangeable and fundamental truths of our social life... Where in Germany and where, here, is obedience to the precepts of God? [...] As for the first commandment, "Thou shalt not have strange gods before me," instead of the One, True, Eternal God, men have created at the dictates of their whim, their own gods to adore: Nature, the State, the Nation, or the Race.

            While he was speaking against euthanasia and the Gestapo, we strongly believe that Bishop Von Galen would speak out against murderers and the ACLU Demons if there were people like him. Helen Prejean, learn from him! We know that if you speak out opposing both capital punishment and abortion, the ACLU Demons will split from you, which is the right thing to do. 

The Lion of Münster, Bishop Clemens August Graf von Galen

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