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Shane Claiborne

Shane Claiborne is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Shane Claiborne

America is exceptional — in its addiction to violence and war

By Shane Claiborne — April 4, 2022
(RNS) — It's been 55 years, but Martin Luther King's historic speech, 'Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence,' rings out as true as ever. To our shame.

Guns as holiday photo props: The real war on Christmas

By Shane Claiborne — December 23, 2021
(RNS) — Never would I have foreseen photos of Christmas-clad children holding assault rifles as an appropriate way of honoring the Prince of Peace.

Buddy Stouffer’s execution was the last of 2021. Will it be the last to be proved an error?

By Shane Claiborne — December 14, 2021
(RNS) — For every nine executions, there is one exoneration.

Julius Jones was spared by a governor who prayed. Let’s all now pray to end the death penalty.

By Shane Claiborne — November 19, 2021
(RNS) — If Christians alone agreed to stop executing people today, it would end the death penalty overnight.

The death penalty’s last gasp?

By Shane Claiborne — May 18, 2021
(RNS) — Quintin Jones' death will be the first state execution in nine months.

Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Is he weeping over our gun problem?

By Shane Claiborne — March 30, 2021
(RNS) — The gun crisis in America is a spiritual and moral crisis.

A former Confederate state just voted to abolish its death penalty. Here’s why that’s a big deal

By Shane Claiborne — February 5, 2021
(RNS) — Virginia has a special place in America's history of racial terror.

Is killing Lisa Montgomery the best version of justice we have?

By Shane Claiborne — January 11, 2021
(RNS) — Lisa Montgomery is slated to become the first woman executed by the federal government in nearly 70 years, days before her executioner leaves office.

LA’s Skid Row doesn’t need Sean Feucht’s ‘revival’

By Shane Claiborne, David Gibbons, and Stephen Cue Jn-Marie — December 31, 2020
(RNS) — If Feucht really cared about the people on Skid Row, he would support efforts to contain the virus instead of holding a maskless concert in a tent city.

Yes, Charlie Kirk, we can be thankful for an imperfect America this Thanksgiving

By Shane Claiborne — November 25, 2020
(RNS) — We can be both thankful for what America is … and impatiently hopeful for what America could be.

William Barr and the politics of death

By Shane Claiborne — November 18, 2020
(RNS) — We are not executing the ‘worst of the worst,’ as some may believe, but the poorest of the poor, and disproportionately people of color.

The 2020 election was a referendum on race and Christian faith

By Shane Claiborne — November 10, 2020
(RNS) — We can see in how the vote went our competing visions for what we want America to be.

Jesus isn’t on the ballot. That doesn’t mean Christians can opt out.

By Shane Claiborne — September 8, 2020
(RNS) — There are those who will opt out because they refuse to choose between the ‘lesser of two evils.’ But opting out has consequences too, for other people whom Christ told us to protect.

Federal executions are one more example of Trump administration overreach

By Shane Claiborne — July 29, 2020
(RNS) — This month’s federal executions are the first in 17 years, but may only be the beginning. The next federal execution is scheduled for Aug. 28, and there are 59 more federal inmates facing the death penalty.

Death in the middle of death: On the execution of Walter Barton

By Shane Claiborne — May 26, 2020
(RNS) — The pandemic has caused us to rethink a lot of things, and one can only hope that executing people is one of the things we don’t want to return to.
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