I Changed My Mind on the Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
Eric Simpson
Associate Editor of 'In Communion: The Journal of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship'

There was a time when I believed that the death penalty was an act of justice, administered by the state for the punishment of crime.

The basic fallacy undermining my understanding had to do with a misconception of justice, which I saw only as a means of punishment, rather than as the figurative straightening of that which has been made crooked.
From the Mouths of Babes PDF Print E-mail
Priest in front of crowd at Catholic Mass in Raleigh, NC, yesterday to four children receiving first communion: "Tell me something you can do that will show people that you are Christian." Michael Rider-O’Neill, age 7: "Protest!" [crowd laughter] Priest: "Oh, yes, we can protest. That is one thing we can do. Why do you want to protest?" Michael: "Because they are killing people in the prison."
Group to Censure Physicians Who Play Role in Lethal Injections PDF Print E-mail
By Rob Stein
Washington Post Staff Writer

A national physicians organization has quietly decided to revoke the certification of any member who participates in executing a prisoner by lethal injection.
Voices of Faith: What is Your Faith's View of Capital Punishment? PDF Print E-mail

The Rev. Pat Rush, pastor, Visitation Catholic Church: Catholic teaching has consistently acknowledged the right of the state to both take the life of a person guilty of an extremely serious crime and take appropriate action to protect its citizens from grave harm. However, the question for today is whether capital punishment is justifiable under present circumstances. In recent years, our leaders have answered that question in the negative.
Cooper Gets Life Without Parole (NC) PDF Print E-mail
The News & Observer

RALEIGH Because of a juror's unwavering voice, Samuel J. Cooper was spared the death penalty and will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for killing five men.

Most of the jurors in the Wake County Superior Court trial thought early on that Cooper, 33, should get lethal injection, jurors said. After three days of arduous deliberation, the jury was swayed to recommend unanimously a sentence of life without parole.
One Christian's View on the Death Penalty PDF Print E-mail
By Reverend Matt Randles
Pastor, Headwaters Covenant Church

In the Easter season, we remember Jesus' crucifixion and death for the sin of the world. Christians declare that Jesus' death brings life, so how can we then demand the death of certain criminals?

The Old Testament says, "You are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth." But developing a biblical understanding of capital punishment isn't as simple as appropriating select verses from the Old Testament. Are we prepared to execute those who curse their parents or worship other gods? These are also capital offenses in the Bible.
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