TAPPED:Umm, yeah. More midevalism ("the President believes" is clearly more significant than any stubborn facts), and a complete misreading or misuse of the phrase "the culture of life", which comes directly from the Evangelium Vitae encyclical. Say, how many encyclicals do you think Bush has read, anyway?
"Q: Okay. If the administration is taking steps to build a culture of life, could you explain why the President supports the death penalty?
MR. McCLELLAN: Well, again, because the President believes that it ultimately saves innocent lives. And that's why he supports it."