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March, 2015



National Latino Evangelical Coalition announces opposition to the death penalty

On March 27, this past Friday, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) announced its opposition to the death penalty. NaLEC President Rev. Gabriel Salguero stated:

“After prayer, reflection, and dialog with anti-death penalty organizations like Equal Justice USA, we felt compelled to add our voice to this important issue…. As Christ followers, we are called to work toward justice for all. And as Latinos, we know too well that justice is not always even-handed. The death penalty is plagued by racial and economic disparities and risks executing an innocent person. Human beings are fallible and there is no room for fallibility in matters of life and death.”

This announcement coincided with the Southern Baptists Ethics and Religious Liberty (ERLC) summit on Race and Reconciliation in Nashville. This gathering of Southern Baptist pastors, laypeople, and academics was convened in order to examine how churches and other institutions might improve racial relations within the denomination. Some attention was given to criminal justice matters, too, given the national flashpoints of Ferguson and the Eric Garner killing. While both gatherings had very different aims, the fact remains that evangelicals are becoming more engaged in criminal justice reform at varying degrees. This is all encouraging news, as the conversation on these matters keeps expanding to include new dialogue partners.

(Photo source: http://www.gospelherald.com/articles/54934/20150327/prominent-evangelical-group-joins-effort-to-repeal-death-penalty-in-groundbreaking-move.htm)

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Sunshine Week in Tennessee

Over the weekend, the weather changed for the better in Tennessee just in time for the kickoff to Sunshine Week, as citizens rallied in order to call for more government transparency.

We could not help but think about these developments in light of Oklahoma’s own revelations over the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last year (April 2014). New reports show staggering levels of incompetence and government secrecy most aptly symbolized by the blinds being closed during Lockett’s last few minutes of life. The laundry list of bizarre components of Oklahoma’s protocol include:

  • Three executioners driven to and from the prison wearing hoods. They were interviewed at an undisclosed location and their interviews were not transcribed in any way.
  • Lockett himself suggested they attempt to insert a needle into his leg after attempts on his arm, neck, and toes were unsuccessful
  • A paramedic correcting a physician’s notion of how to carry out the procedure
  • A panicked execution team who felt substantial pressure to carry out the execution even though it was clearly failing.
  • A doctor who testified that he was not asked for a copy of his medical license before the execution.
  • Freedom of Information Oklahoma was denied access to public records concerning the Lockett execution.

With secrecy laws on the uptick nationwide, citizens have every reason to be concerned. Still, even if Tennessee and other states continue to keep information about execution protocols from public scrutiny, what the state can’t hide is the fact that the death penalty system is extremely costly to taxpayers, that the long and drawn-out process inflicts more pain and suffering on grieving families, and that the state cannot guarantee that an innocent person will not be executed. When the sun shines on the death penalty system in Tennessee, its failures are all to clear.

** For extensive summaries, see articles from the Tulsa World and CNN

 

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