Evangelicals soften death penalty stance

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A demonstrator wears an anti-death penalty button during a Sept. 15, 2015, protest in Oklahoma City against the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Richard Glossip. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Nick Oxford
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A demonstrator wears an anti-death penalty button during a Sept. 15, 2015, protest in Oklahoma City against the scheduled execution of convicted murderer Richard Glossip. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Nick Oxford *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-CLAIBORNE-OPED, originally transmitted on Aug. 18, 2016.

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WASHINGTON (RNS) The resolution reflects a larger societal shift away from the practice, though it does not reverse the earlier support for the death penalty.

  • Bernardo

    There is one major result of the death penalty: Serial and massacre killers will not kill again.

  • Doc Anthony

    I just wish the mass-shooters, rapists, domestic-abusers, drive-by hobbyists, and serial-jobbers would soften THEIR death-penalty.

    But they are NOT softening anything, according to the weekly crime headlines.

    The crooks get stronger, while the evangelicals get weaker. Go figure.

  • Larry

    I wish death penalty proponents knew a thing about how its applied.

    It is generally applied more towards crimes of people who are too poor to have adequate legal representation.

    People convicted of felony murder (someone dies in the course of a felony, not necessarily by the defendant’s hands/actions) still make up an unjustifiable percentage of those on Death Row.

    There is never much concern over wrongful convictions and execution by that crowd.

    It is far more wasteful of judiciary and penal resources than life without parole.

    It has never had a deterrent effect. Death Penalty proponents should just be upfront about it being retribution. Its not about prevention of crimes. Its about society exacting its vengeance on a person for the crimes they are convicted of. [Not a bad thing if the death penalty was applied more sparingly]

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  • Ben in oakland

    And here is the other major result of the death penalty: we can be certain that innocent people have been murdered by the state.

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  • Elise

    Are they really innocent?

  • Tim

    This is an article about Evangelicals starting to soften their support for the death penalty. So, all the secular reasons for not wanting the death penalty have nothing to do with whether or not God is for the death penalty. EARLY in the Bible – before the 10 Commandments – God issued the command for the death penalty: Genesis 9:5-6. Last I checked, Jesus IS God. So, yeah. As an Evangelical Christian, I’m for the death penalty. Should we apply it VERY carefully? Well of course! Should it be applied on murderers that we KNOW without a shadow of a doubt are guilty of premeditated murder? You betcha!