For this week’s story on The Wild Hunt I asked some Pagans about the death penalty.
While I was looking for the views Pagans hold on execution, I was really curious if those views were informed by religion. While some of the respondents did try to articulate their opinions in a religious context because I asked it of them, they tended to be clumsy theological exercises. My sample was small, but my sense is that — for American Pagans, at least — the death penalty is a question of justice and politics, not religion. That’s not terribly surprising given the overall culture; many Christians in favor of the death penalty don’t appear to struggle with it theologically, either.