Whoops, I forgot the craziest thing that was said in Sunday school today. The teacher asked us if the death penalty was okay if it caused the person the convert to Christianity in their final moments. The consensus was yes.
It's one thing to support the death penalty as punishment (although personally I disagree with it). It's another thing entirely to want people to be killed because you want more people to join your religion.
Hitch pointed out how ethically suspect it was that Christians always prey on dying people in order to get them to convert. Doesn't show a lot of belief in the power of your religion if you wait until someone is in a weakened state to push it on them. And of course, all of the Christians trying to get him to convert once he got cancer was just sickening.
Also, the other side of that coin is that if a convicted murderer truly converts, he'll still go to heaven, whereas an atheist who's done a ton of good can still go straight to hell. Lovely.