So the death penalty is no longer a legal punishment for child rape in the United States.
Good. I don't support the death penalty in any situation.
I do sometimes feel like some of the quotes in the article minimize the severity of child rape, though. =/
Also, I am getting more and more annoyed by quotes like this one:
The author of the Louisiana law, former Republican state Rep. Pete Schneider, said even opponents of the death penalty told him they would kill anyone who raped their children. "When are you going to have the courage to stand up for what's right for all of the people — but especially the children under 12 that have been brutally raped by monsters?" Schneider demanded, directing his comments to the justices in Wednesday's majority.
How many times do we have to tell people? The vast majority of rapists test as psychologically normal. Rapists are not monsters. They are dudes carrying out the norms of the patriarchy to their logical conclusion.
P.S. Sorry for lack of citations on the psychologically normal bit. I've read it a million times, it seems, but I'm just too lazy to Google for a source. Maybe if someone complains. Since it's really just me 'round these parts, deal.