More than two dozen national Evangelical leaders called on Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson to stop the upcoming “assembly line of executions.”
Their letter, released today, described Easter as “a sacred day when Christians celebrate Christ’s triumph over death,” noting the “unfortunate timing” of the executions.
Notable signers of the letter include many of EJUSA’s longstanding Evangelical partners and allies, such as pastors of mega-church congregations, theological scholars, religious authors, and more.
“To allow a drug’s expiration date to dictate when an individual will die shows a troubling disregard for the sacredness of human life,” the letter says.
“Arkansas officials have been clear that they are rushing the executions for exactly this reason. They have to occur before the state’s supply of a lethal injection drug expires. In a matter as weighty as taking a life, this justification is woefully inadequate.”
The religious leaders also voiced concern about the effect so many executions may have on the corrections officers who and other execution team members who are responsible for carrying them out.
Read the full letter here: