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.
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.
Let's Celebrate! PDF Print E-mail
Come Thank Reps. Parmon and Womble

NC State Representatives Earline W. Parmon and Larry Womble, both of Winston-Salem, were champions of the NC Racial Justice Act in the NC House of Representatives. NC Gov. Bev Perdue signed this important reform into law in August 2009.
Amnesty International Report PDF Print E-mail
Check-out the report by Amnesty International about death penalty statistics from around the world in 2009, http://www.amnestyusa.org/death-penalty/international-death-penalty/death-penalty-statistics-2009/page.do?id=1691051
Law Needed For When Courts Deal with Mental Illness (NC) PDF Print E-mail
The Fayetteville Observer
By Debra Dihoff

Life or death decisions - not something we all face every day. But that's just what the jury in Fayetteville faced following the episode in April of 2004, when Abdullah Shareef stole a city van, hit and injured David McCaskill, Gary Weller and Robert Fortier, then ran over and killed Lonel Bass. The National Alliance on Mental Illness North Carolina expresses our sorrow to all of the victims involved in this tragedy.
What if Jesus had been tried under Texas law? PDF Print E-mail
Michael Landauer

What if Jesus were sentenced under Texas laws? Would he still be executed? That question led Baylor Law School professor Mark Osler to stage the trial of Christ under the rules of Texas law for a Waco congregation. The death penalty opponent and sentencing guidelines expert summarized his thoughts in a book published last year, Jesus on Death Row.

The following is an interview I conducted with Mark Osler. An abbreviated version will appear in Sunday's Points Section.
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