Boston Marathon victim’s parents: ‘Drop the death penalty’
BOSTON (Reuters) “We know that the government has its reasons for seeking the death penalty, but the continued pursuit of that punishment could bring years of appeals and prolong reliving the most painful day of our lives,” Bill and Denise Richard said.
Racial reconciliation demands Christians reconsider the death penalty (COMMENTARY)
(RNS) At the same time that the Southern Baptist Convention apologizes for its complicity in racial oppression and urges racial reconciliation, the denomination remains a vocal proponent of capital punishment.
400+ Catholic and evangelical leaders want to kill the death penalty
(RNS) Christian leaders say Jesus’ state-sponsored execution should prompt believers to oppose the death penalty.
In a groundbreaking vote, Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty
(RNS) Many religious groups, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, oppose the death penalty, but evangelical groups tend to take a more conservative stance.
Latino evangelicals call for end to death penalty. Will others follow?
The National Latino Evangelical Coalition urged their 3,000 member congregations to end capital punishment. They are the first major evangelical association to take this position publicly, but support for the death penalty among Christians is waning.
Pope Francis takes a dim view of the death penalty, but not all Catholics are convinced
(RNS) Pope Francis is trying to tighten church teaching against the death penalty. Not all American Catholics, however, are convinced.
Utah poised to revive the firing squad in state executions
(Reuters) Utah used firing squads for decades before adopting lethal injections in 2004. A bill to revive it was introduced amid national concerns about the efficacy of lethal injections.
Supreme Court seems increasingly wary on death penalty
WASHINGTON (RNS) On top of drug protocols, developmental disabilities and lawyers’ mistakes, justices must decide if mental illness should be a reason to keep prisoners such as Scott Panetti alive. An appellate court gave him last-minute reprieve.
COMMENTARY: The death penalty is never humane, even when carried out swiftly
(RNS) I am concerned about relentless efforts to make the administration of capital punishment streamlined, straightforward, and simple. It should never be easy to kill a person.
COMMENTARY: Conservatives may hold the key to ending the death penalty
WASHINGTON (RNS) Anti-capital punishment activists say the time is ripe for promoting a culture of life.
On death penalty, should Christians side with Jesus or Paul?
Jesus’ love-your-enemies ethic is often juxtaposed with Paul’s sword-bearing theology in Romans 13. Who should Christians side with?
On capital punishment, don’t start with the Old Testament
Some Christian leaders are asserting their support of the death penalty using scriptures from the Old Testament. Would starting with Jesus and the Christian gospel instead alter their conclusions?