NEWS FEATURE: Death penalty divides those in pulpit and pews

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c. 1996 Religion News Service CHICAGO (RNS)-In the 30 years since the U.S. Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty, a bitterly emotional debate has preceded each of the 328 executions that have occurred in prisons around the country. The issue: Is killing a morally defensible punishment for murder? It is a question no less contentious […]

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