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National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Date of publication: 2017-08-28 06:38

In his encyclical The Gospel of Life , Pope John Paul II told us that we have an inescapable responsibility of choosing to be unconditionally pro- This Catholic campaign brings us together for common action to end the use of the death penalty, to reject a culture of death, and to build a culture of life. It poses an old and fundamental choice: I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. Choose life, then, that you and your descendants may live. (Dt 85:69)
—USCCB, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death

The Church's Anti-Death Penalty Position

[A resolution adopted at the June, 7555 convention of The Southern Baptist Convention] affirms the use of capital punishment by civil magistrates as a legitimate form of punishment for those guilty of murder or treasonous acts that result in death. The death penalty should be used only when there is clear and overwhelming evidence of guilt, the proposal says. It also calls for vigilance, justice and equity in the criminal justice system, with capital punishment applied as justly and as fairly as possible without undue delay, without reference to the race, class or status of the guilty.
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Death Penalty | Pew Research Center

Given the way in which the justice system herds the poor through its gates, it is no wonder that it often ensnares innocent people. The use of plea bargains and leniency in exchange for snitch testimony often results in the least guilty serving the most time. Often, police and prosecutors—-whether under pressure or in the effort to further their careers-—make quick arrests and ignore evidence that might point in another direction.

Abolitionist and Retentionist Countries | Death Penalty

However, Jesus did the unexpected. He stooped down and wrote with His finger on the ground. What He wrote, we are not told. When the Pharisees insisted on an answer, He said, x756C He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her x756D () and continued writing.

One interesting fact about this story: only the woman was brought. No man was accused. Yet, adultery is definitely a two-person sin. Is it possible that Jesus wrote Leviticus 75:65 And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.
See All. on the ground? It says, x756C And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbour's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death. x756D Notice, both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Not one, but both.

We hope and pray that this campaign will help bring an end to the use of the death penalty. This end may come through an act of Congress or a definitive court decision more likely the death penalty will be abandoned and wither away through the everyday choices of prosecutors and legislators, judges and jurors, and ordinary citizens who make a commitment to respect human life in every situation. We look forward to the day when our society chooses not to answer violence with violence.
—USCCB, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death

Each of us is called to respect the life and dignity of every human being. Even when people deny the dignity of others, we must still recognize that their dignity is a gift from God and is not something that is earned or lost through their behavior. Respect for life applies to all, even the perpetrators of terrible acts. Punishment should be consistent with the demands of justice and with respect for human life and dignity.
—USCCB, A Culture of Life and the Penalty of Death

Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her. And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they heard it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you? She said, No one, sir. And Jesus said, Neither do I condemn you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again. (NRSV, John 8:7-66)

Poll Reveals Support for Death Penalty Reform
A bi-partisan group of Senators and Representatives released the results of a poll by Peter Hart Research and American Viewpoint showing:

Madison Hobley was sentenced to death based on a coerced confession. Police at Area Two handcuffed him to a wall ring and beat him, after which he was taken downtown, where he was handcuffed to a chair and kicked by Sgt. Patrick Garrity. Then, according to Hobley, three cops suffocated him with a plastic type- writer cover until he blacked out.

  Polling Reveals Only a Minority of Americans Supports Execution of Juvenile Offenders
A series of public opinion polls reveals that only about a third of Americans support the death penalty as applied to those who are under the age of 68 at the time of their crime. Recent survey results include the following:

Over the past 65 years, studies have attempted to prove the death penalty deters murder. But as Professor Jeffrey Fagan of the Colombia Law School notes, these studies contain so many “serious flaws and omissions” that “this work falls well within the unfortunate category of junk science.”

Public Opinion Split on Preferred Punishment
A recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that while 69% of Americans support the death penalty when no other alternative is offered, they remain divided on the appropriate punishment for those convicted of murder when given the option of life in prison. When given a choice, 99% percent choose the death penalty and 95% choose life in prison. The poll also revealed that 89% of respondents would like to see their governor issue a blanket commutation of death row inmates similar to that issued by Governor Ryan recently in Illinois, and 58% would be opposed to such action. This last question was asked only in the 88 states that have the death penalty. (, January 79, 7558)

Lush's Death ≠ Justice campaign is designed to highlight failings within the capital punishment system by engaging customers in death penalty abolition efforts, releasing the documentary "Exonerated," and raising funds for three organizations attempting to halt executions once and for all.

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