Republican state Sen. Lynn Hutchings offered a bizarre defense of Wyoming’s death penalty law as she and other conservatives in the state Senate voted against repealing capital punishment: “If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”
The State House passed the repeal bill without a problem — a surprise given the House’s GOP majority. But when the bill reached the State Senate, despite a unanimous recommendation in support of it by the Senate Judiciary Committee, it was defeated 18-12.
The Star-Tribune reported:
Sen. Lynn Hutchings, R-Cheyenne, argued that without the death penalty, Jesus Christ would not have been able to die to absolve the sins of mankind, and therefore capital punishment should be maintained.
“The greatest man who ever lived died via the death penalty for you and me,” she said. “I’m grateful to him for our future hope because of this. Governments were instituted to execute justice. If it wasn’t for Jesus dying via the death penalty, we would all have no hope.”
As the Friendly Atheist noted, Hutchings’ stance would appear to defy the pro-life claims of conservative Christians — and is equally bizarre for the fact that Jesus was executed despite having never done wrong.
But straying from logic is not new for this lawmaker.
Hutchings, by the way, isn’t known for her stellar reasoning. Earlier this month, she made headlines for comparing homosexuality with bestiality and pedophilia… in front of high school students.
“According to officials with Wyoming Equality, a Cheyenne-based civil rights group, Hutchings told 10 students from the Gay-Straight Alliance at Cheyenne’s Central High, “If my sexual orientation was to have sex with all of the men in there and I had sex with all of the women in there and then they brought their children and I had sex with all of them and then brought their dogs in and I had sex with them, should I be protected for my sexual orientation?””