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NaLEC's support for repeal reverberates around the country

NaLEC press conferenceNaLEC press conferenceOn Friday, the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) became the first national association of Evangelical congregations to join the effort to repeal the death penalty. NaLEC’s board of directors voted unanimously for the resolution and is urging its 3,000 member congregations to support efforts to end capital punishment across the country.

The Washington Post speculated that other Evangelical groups may follow NaLEC’s lead. The Gospel Herald called the new stance “groundbreaking.”

Heather Beaudoin directs Evangelical outreach for EJUSA. She spoke at NaLEC’s press conference in Orlando announcing the new position:

We have been meeting and dialoging with Evangelical leaders, heads of denominations, and Evangelical organizations like NaLEC for more than four years now, and wherever I go, Evangelicals are eager to have this conversation.

Why? For a few reasons. For people like me, the death penalty simply doesn’t align with our faith and our belief in redemption...

Pope gives unequivocal message: death penalty is unacceptable

Pope FrancisIn one of his strongest statements against the death penalty to date, Pope Francis said that capital punishment “is inadmissible, no matter how serious the crime committed.” The Pope’s comments were submitted in a forceful call to the International Commission against the Death Penalty in Madrid.

The Pope added that the death penalty “contradicts God’s plan for man and society” and said, “Justice can never be accomplished by killing a human being.”

He acknowledged society's need to protect itself but said that in the modern era, that does not apply to the death penalty. "When the death penalty is applied, it is not for a current act of aggression, but rather for an act committed in the past. It is also applied to persons whose current ability to cause harm is not current, as it has been neutralized – they are already deprived of their liberty."

Recommended Link: Prosecutor pens apology for sending innocent man to death row for 30 years

Glenn FordGlenn Ford spent thirty years on death row in Louisiana for a murder he did not commit. Now, the state of Louisiana is fighting his attempt to receive compensation for his wrongful conviction. In response, the former prosecutor who sent Ford to death row, A.M. “Marty” Stroud III, wrote a gut-wrenching apology calling on the state to drop the fight. He described himself in 1984, when he prosecuted the case, as “arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.”

Stroud expresses sincere regret and takes responsibility for some of “the flaws of a system that effectively destroyed [Ford’s] life.”

I apologize to Glenn Ford for all the misery I have caused him and his family.

I apologize to the family of Mr. Rozeman for giving them the false hope of some closure.

Read the entire piece, including a video interview of Stroud, from the Shreveport Times.

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