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California Judge Rules the Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Originally Posted: 07/16/2014 - 4:31pm | Type: Blog

A U.S. District Court judge declared the death penalty "unconstitutional" in the State of California. A U.S. District Court judge declared the death penalty "uncons ...

Conservatives May Hold the Key to Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 06/27/2014 - 3:31pm | Type: Blog

Ralph Reed’s recent Road to Majority conservative confab in the nation’s capital had an unlikely exhibitor in the conference hall: opponents of the death penalty. Ralph Reed’s rec ...

Georgia Execution Would Be First Since Botched Oklahoma Effort
Originally Posted: 06/17/2014 - 6:27pm | Type: Blog

After an unusual six-week lapse in executions in the nation since a botched effort in Oklahoma on April 29, two men could face lethal-injection deaths in Georgia and Missouri Tuesday night or early Wednesday. ...

Marching Through Death’s Desert
Originally Posted: 06/18/2014 - 10:43am | Type: Blog

It’s 93 degrees in Texas today. And Rev. Jeff Hood is walking 200 miles across the state. What would compel somebody to do that? He wants to end the death penalty … and he is not alone. ...

If It Weren’t for Jesus, I Might be Pro-Death Penalty Too
Originally Posted: 05/13/2014 - 10:28am | Type: Blog

We dare not forget the story – of a God who so loved the world that Jesus was sent, not to condemn the world but to save it. We must not forget that much of the Bible was written by murderers who were given a ...

On Capital Punishment, Don’t Start with the Old Testament
Originally Posted: 05/05/2014 - 10:57am | Type: Blog

Mohler is a capable theologian and a thinker I respect. And I have many intelligent friends who support the death penalty. Yet, I think it is problematic for Christians to root their support of capital punishm ...

No Time for the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 4:22pm | Type: Blog

By all accounts, Clayton Lockett did a terrible thing. ... Some might even say that Clayton Lockett got what he deserved for his crime. But was what the state of Oklahoma did on Monday really about Clayton Loc ...

Capital Punishment and the Power of Art
Originally Posted: 05/01/2014 - 10:45am | Type: Blog

The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma on Tuesday has refocused the nation on the inherent contradictions in the death penalty. But here in Wisconsin last week, an opera helped focus the attentio ...

Botched Oklahoma Execution Reveals Self-Deception
Originally Posted: 04/30/2014 - 1:58pm | Type: Blog

What happened in Oklahoma last night reveals perhaps our deepest national self-deception — that, no matter what goes wrong, we will fix it because we are in control. At 6:23 p.m. ...

Go Ahead and Die Already
Originally Posted: 04/28/2014 - 10:50am | Type: Blog

The passage in Luke 24:13-35 speaks to the life after death — good can come from bad. Society has an affinity for death. There is a pervasive fascination with (im)mortality. We ap ...

Tennessee Death Row Inmates Invite Governor to Pray With Them
Originally Posted: 04/26/2014 - 8:25pm | Type: Blog

Last week, the men on Tennessee’s death row, four of whom have scheduled execution dates in the near future, invited Gov. Bill Haslam, the man who signs the death warrants, to join them for prayer ...

Killing People Is Hard to Do
Originally Posted: 04/14/2014 - 2:19pm | Type: Blog

Why don't we treat death row prisoners at least as well as we treat dogs? Twelve years ago we took our beloved Maltese dog, Moose, to the vet and came home without him. Moose ...

A Turning Tide
Originally Posted: 05/14/2014 - 10:01am | Type: Magazine Article

Heather Beaudoin A growing number of conservative Christians have joined the movement to abolish capital punishment. ...

As Execution Drugs Grow Short, States Scramble on Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 03/11/2014 - 2:58pm | Type: Blog

Prison guards meet in the desert to hand off chemicals for executions. A corrections boss loaded with cash travels to a pharmacy in another state to buy lethal sedatives. States across the country refuse to id ...

Pakistan Faces Criticism for Harsh Blasphemy Law
Originally Posted: 02/19/2014 - 3:50pm | Type: Blog

Mohammad Asghar, a 69-year-old paranoid schizophrenic, faces a death sentence in Pakistan for claiming to be the Prophet Muhammad in letters written to officials and police in 2010. ...

5 Reasons Why Jesus People Ought Oppose The Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 02/05/2014 - 3:27pm | Type: Blog

When I decided to follow Jesus instead of simply being a Christian who paid him hollow worship while conveniently ignoring the red words, I was forced to abandon my support of the death penalty (and abandon my ...

Justice Delayed: About That Time We Executed A Child With A Bible
Originally Posted: 01/31/2014 - 12:44pm | Type: Blog

The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. The difficulty of restorative justice, is that some things simply can’t be restored. Certai ...

Poll: Younger Christians Less Supportive of Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/17/2014 - 5:16pm | Type: Blog

One day after the state of Ohio executed a man for murder, a new poll shows younger Christians are not as supportive of the death penalty as older members of their faith. One day ...

A New Hymn for Lamenting the Death Penalty for Christ the King
Originally Posted: 11/15/2013 - 5:40pm | Type: Blog

A hymn lifts from biblical teachings for Christians to care for those in prison and crime victims, oppose the death penalty and work for justice for all. Luke’s story of Jesus’ dy ...

Faith and the Executioner
Originally Posted: 11/12/2013 - 10:26am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Where Justice and Mercy Meet: Catholic Opposition to the Death Penalty. Liturgical Press. IN ...

Pastor, Prophet, Pope
Originally Posted: 03/14/2014 - 4:16pm | Type: Magazine Article

Stephen F. Schneck Francis—refreshingly candid and seemingly repelled by the perks of the papacy—offers new hope for the Catholic Church ...

Kermitt Gosnell Spared the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 05/15/2013 - 10:16am | Type: Blog

A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies will not face the death penalty. A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of first- ...

The Juxtaposition of Death and Life, or Church on a Bike
Originally Posted: 03/06/2013 - 9:48am | Type: Blog

All around us, death and life, life and death. Pitch black darkness, confusion, pain, redemption, hope, joy, life, and healing hover around us and within us each day and it’s rarely a smooth, seamless process. ...

Tutu Urges Uganda to Drop Bid to Jail Gays and Lesbians
Originally Posted: 12/06/2012 - 11:19am | Type: Blog

Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu on Tuesday urged Uganda to scrap a controversial draft law that would send gays and lesbians to jail and, some say, put them at risk of the death penalty. ...

PHOTO ESSAY: 'Pro-Life' Redefined
Originally Posted: 03/18/2013 - 1:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey People of all stripes are redefining what it means to be “pro-life” by upholding a consistent ethic of life—from womb to tomb. Take conservative luminary Richard Vigu ...

Ugandan Parliament Re-Introduces Gay Death Penalty - What Can Christians Do?
Originally Posted: 11/28/2012 - 2:44pm | Type: Blog

The Ugandan Parliament has re-introduced a draconian anti-LGBT bill that has received widespread international criticism. Under this bill, first introduced in 2011 and re-introduced earlier this year, the gove ...

Four Reasons to Rethink the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

The Editors Across the political and religious spectrum, Americans are rethinking the death penalty. Here are some reasons why: Mistakes. In January 2012, Joe D'Ambrosi ...

Gandalf, Gollum, and the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:38am | Type: Magazine Article

Tobias Winright Theological considerations should frame the Christian response to capital punishment. EARLY I ...

Trials and Errors
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 12:04pm | Type: Magazine Article

Elaina Ramsey Among democratic nations, the United States has the highest death penalty rate in the world. As the only G8 country to regularly use capital punishment, the United St ...

Who Would Jesus Execute?
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:37am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Richard Viguerie Jim Wallis interviews Richard Viguerie, a law-and-order co ...

It's Time to End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 01/07/2014 - 11:34am | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Attitudes toward capital punishment are changing, including among conservatives. I AM AGAINST the ...

Discerning Justice: Yes on 34
Originally Posted: 11/05/2012 - 4:58pm | Type: Blog

Hundreds of faith community’s have endorsed Proposition 34 because we believe the best way to do justice in California is to replace the death penalty with life in prison with no possibility of parole. ...

Woman Crusades to Save Sister’s Life, End the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 10/29/2012 - 4:53pm | Type: Blog

SPOKANE, Wash. -- They stood in front of a shopping mall, shackled together, heads down, nameplates dangling around their necks, bearing the names of men and women who have died on America’s death row. Cal Bro ...

Death Penalty for Jesus
Originally Posted: 10/15/2012 - 12:20pm | Type: Blog

The crucifixion of Jesus Christ doesn’t come up very often in discussions about wrongful convictions in America, but as California voters prepare to go to the polls to vote on Proposition 34 which would ban th ...

Ending the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 08/14/2012 - 11:58am | Type: Magazine Article

Eric DeBode A California measure would fight crime—and deficits—by repealing capital punishment. IN NOVEMBER, ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence
Originally Posted: 07/24/2012 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

This week President Barack Obama called the shooting in Colorado “evil.” And he is right. But perhaps it is also time that we declare that violence is evil, everywhere—period. It’s obvious that killing folks ...

Cruel and Unusual: Georgia Set to Execute Mentally Disabled Man
Originally Posted: 07/18/2012 - 9:11am | Type: Blog

Despite protests not only from jurors who conivicted him but also from his victim’s family, Warren Hill, a 52-year-old mentally disabled man convicted of murder, is scheduled to be executed by lethal injection ...

Shifts Seen in Support for Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 04/25/2012 - 2:09pm | Type: Blog

The campaign to abolish the death penalty has been freshly invigorated this month in a series of actions that supporters say represents increasing evidence that America may be losing its taste for capital puni ...

Marcus Robinson Spared Death Row Because of Racial Bias
Originally Posted: 04/20/2012 - 5:02pm | Type: Blog

North Carolina's Racial Justice Act was just a piece of legislation until this morning, when Judge Gregory Weeks set aside a death penalty sentence that had been meted out to Marcus Robinson in 1994. ...

Study: No Evidence That Death Penalty Deters Crime
Originally Posted: 04/19/2012 - 6:20pm | Type: Blog

In the more than three decades since the national moratorium on the death penalty was lifted, there is no reliable research to determine whether capital punishment has served as a deterrent, according to a rev ...

Q Conference: Restoring the Justice System
Originally Posted: 04/12/2012 - 8:05am | Type: Blog

The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world with 23 million behind bars. Bryan Stevenson of the Legal Justice Initiative, speaking from the Q Conference on Wedensday, said this high rate ...

The Innocence List
Originally Posted: 03/09/2012 - 3:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge There are many reasons to abolish the death penalty. Innocents on death row may be the most compelling. ...

Uganda Revives Anti-Gay Bill
Originally Posted: 02/09/2012 - 10:21am | Type: Blog

CORRECTION: After our original post ran yesterday, we learned that there has been some confusion over the language of the current proposed language of the Ugandan anti-gay bill. In fact, the death penalty has ...

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:37pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011 THE ASSOCIATED PRESS: Census Shows 1 In 2 People Are Poor Or Low-Income Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of America ...

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011
Originally Posted: 04/17/2012 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The Morning News: Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 THE HILL : Democrats See Opening To Attract Religious Voters In 2012 Election Democrats claim to have an unprecedented, promising o ...

What's Wrong With Capital Punishment
Originally Posted: 05/22/2012 - 4:01pm | Type: Magazine Article

Rose Marie Berger No one could stop Troy Davis' execution -- despite his apparent innocence. THE STATE O ...

Oregon Announces Moratorium on the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 11/28/2011 - 11:44am | Type: Blog

Yesterday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the state Yesterday Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced a moratorium on all executions in the ...

Justice Delayed? Death Penalty for California Salon Massacre May Mean Waiting for a Generation
Originally Posted: 11/09/2011 - 3:20pm | Type: Blog

While there is no doubt that the Seal Beach, Calif., killings were horrific and that many people will be deeply pained for perhaps the rest of their lives, the survivors should be aware that if their healing ...

News: Quick Links 2
Originally Posted: 10/25/2011 - 9:18am | Type: Blog

The High Cost of Anti-Immigrant Laws The High Cost of Anti-Immigrant Laws This past summer, the Econo Lodge off Interstate 75 in Tifton, Georgia, where we and other waterm ...

We Must Continue to Stand with Pastor Nadarkhani
Originally Posted: 10/18/2011 - 5:30pm | Type: Blog

The news cycle often moves so quickly that very often big news stories are forgotten within a day, sometimes even more quickly. The news cycle often moves so quickly tha ...