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Major Evangelical Group Calls for Death Penalty Repeal

NaLEC boardThe 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.

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 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 “does not render justice to the victims, but rather fosters vengeance.”

He acknowledged society's need to protect itself but said, "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."

Kansas conservatives call for repeal of the death penalty

Coservative press conference in the KS CapitolYesterday, a group of Kansas conservative leaders gathered in Topeka to declare their support for repeal of the death penalty. Their case is straightforward: the death penalty is at odds with core conservative values – a commitment to fiscal responsibility, limited government, and valuing life.

The group supports legislation that would repeal the death penalty in Kansas and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. They presented an open letter signed by more than 20 prominent conservatives who also support repeal. Similar efforts have had strong support from conservatives but have failed to pass in previous sessions. The group hopes this session is different.

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