Never have I felt iller and angrier than reading the grand jury indictment against Kermit Gosnell. (Seriously, some of the most haunting images you can imagine.) Frighteningly, Gosnell isn't showing any sign of remorse after being convicted of three counts of murder and one of involuntary manslaughter for killing women and babies born alive at his late-term abortion house of horrors.
Here he is giving his first jailhouse interview, with Philadelphia magazine's Steve Volk, since his May conviction. He told the magazine that he has been reading his Bible and that he's "spiritually innocent." The charges? Nothing but a cooked up investigation by Catholics at the DA's office.
Gosnell said he considers his conviction to have been motivated by religion and politics. “I have come to believe that the presumption of guilt was compounded by religious convictions,” Gosnell said. “ … Were you aware that Seth [Williams, Philadelphia’s district attorney] was an altar boy? Did you know of the strong Catholic presence in the homicide division?”
And then there is the abortion-themed poetry he's writing, which highlights the injustice of sentencing to life a prison a deranged doctor who had patients deliver viable fetuses into the toilet--sometimes crying babies--and then would "abort" the child by severing the spine with scissors.
If that is spiritual innocence, what could possibly be condemned?
So the Philadelphia DA has a strong Catholic presence. I suspect that, with Catholics being the dominant denomination of the dominant U.S. religion that's true of a lot of district attorney office. More importantly, I can't think of a religion that permits what Gosnell did.