Husband of 9/11 victim seeks to spare plotters lives

According to a May 14, 2012 story in the New York Post, Blake Allison wants to spare the alleged plotters of the 9/11 attacks that killed his wife.

Allison, a 62 year-old wine company executive, is a long-time critic of capital punishment, and is quoted as saying, “We can’t kill our way to a peaceful tomorrow.”

He states that this does not mean those responsible should not be held to account for their crimes, only that they should not be killed. “Just because I was hurt very badly and personally, does not, in my mind, give me the go-ahead to take a life,” he said.

His opposition to capital punishment is based on his Episcopalian faith, he said. “When Martin Luther was being asked to recant by the hierarchy of the Roman church for all his Protestant actions, he said, ‘Here I stand. I can’t do otherwise.’

“That’s the way I feel. First and foremost, I don’t think it’s right to take a life. It’s grounded in my religious faith. The New Testament is very clear about this.”