This week on The Caffeinated Thoughts Podcast, our host, Shane Vander Hart, discusses the recent firing of Kevin Williamson, a prolific conservative writer, at The Atlantic over his views that abortion is murder and should if criminalized, women and abortionists should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law including capital punishment. He also believes capital punishment should be administered by hanging, not lethal injection. Williamson also describes himself as “squishy” on capital punishment.

Shane Vander Hart, in his piece on Williamson’s firing Thursday, quotes Jeffrey Goldberg’s comments that Williamson’s language in the offending podcast was both “callous and violent.”

Was it? Shane plays the relevant excerpt of that 2014 podcast conversation between Williamson and Charles C.W. Cooke. Also highlighted were pieces responding to Williamson’s firing by David French at National Review and Katherine Mangu-Ward at Reason.

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