‘For Troy Davis, we pray to the Lord’

Jessica McGowan GETTY IMAGES NAACP Georgia State President Edward DuBose, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Campaign Director with Amnesty International Laura … Continued

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NAACP Georgia State President Edward DuBose, Rev. Raphael Warnock and Campaign Director with Amnesty International Laura Moye hold a press conference in support of death row inmate Troy Davis at Ebenezer Baptist Church on September 20, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.

The nun behind ‘Dead Man Walking’ and a host of religious leaders have been speaking out about the pending execution of Troy Davis, a Georgia man convicted of the 1989 murder of off-duty police officer Mark MacPhail. Davis was denied clemency Wednesday and his execution by lethal injection is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight. MacPhail’s family believes Davis is guilty and supports his execution.

Still, many religious, political and civil rights leaders point to a lack of physical evidence tying Davis to the crime as proof of his potential innocence. Even Pope Benedict has commented on the case, previously calling for Georgia to ”recognize the sacredness of all human life.”

Let On Faith know in the comments section if we’ve missed other major religious leaders and we will add them to our roundup.

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Protesters hold signs in support of death row inmate Troy Davis outside the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles hearing in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011.

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Anneliese MacPhail, left to right, mother of slain off-duty Savannah police officer Mark MacPhail, MacPhail’s son Mark MacPhail, Jr., wife Joan MacPhail and daughter Madison MacPhail, react after a Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles hearing for convicted killer Troy Davis in Atlanta, on Monday, Sept. 19, 2011. MacPhail’s family said they urged the board to deny his clemency petition and carry out the jury’s verdict.


Elizabeth Tenety Elizabeth Tenety is the former editor of On Faith, where she produced "Divine Impulses," On Faith’s video interview series. She studied Theology and Government at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. A New York native, Elizabeth grew up in the home of Catholic news junkies where, somewhere in between watching the nightly news and participating in parish life, she learned to ponder both the superficial and the sacred.
  • cls1

    Zero physical evidence. Convicted on eyewitness alone. Seven of nine eyewitnesses recant. Looks like the state of Georgia still does lynchings.

  • MrWillie

    I feel Justice is not being done here. He should not be executed with this amount of doubt. There are serious flaws in the Justice system where murderers like OJ Simpson can walk free and this guy gets executed with such little evidence.

  • MKadyman

    The “doubt” that you people talk about has been created by his attorneys and liberal sympathizers.

    Most of you probably do not know that an hour before he killed the officer he shot another man and was convicted of that crime. The bullets from the first shooting match those at the scene of the officer’s killing.

    The seven people who supposedly have “recanted” their testimony have refused to testify under oath in a courtroom. All they have done is sign a piece of paper prepared by his attorney’s.

    If you study the trial transcript you will see that there is no “doubt”. He is a murderer.

  • MKadyman

    Wrong. Bullet casings from his first shooting an hour before match those at the murder scene. That is called physical evidence but you will never hear it from the liberal media.

  • AlRosenberg

    Davis is as guilty as hell and people only want to “save” him because he is black, and they have been watching too many untruthful Hollywood movies. The guy Red Coles or whatever wasnt even there when Davis shot his first victim that night. The protestors are all self righteous white people. Even black people know he is guilty, which is sayting something. Dont break your arms patting yourselves on the back so vigorously guys.

  • WmarkW

    You know who’s also scheduled for execution today? James Russell Brewer, one of the men who dragged James Byrd behind a pickup truck.

    If you want to express how awful the death penalty is, why not use that as your example case.

  • kmjjnj

    Please pray for the comfort of Troy Davis family and friends as well as the state of Georgia and our justice system.

    Was justice really served? It appeared the state of Georgia was determined to put Troy Davis death. They didn’t want no one telling them that they had the wrong person. Looks extremely bad on them for keeping a man in prison all this time when he was innocent.

    I believe if they could have executed him after the first sentence they would have. All you knew was that one of your own police officers were killed, someone pointed a finger, Davis guilty with no evidence.

    This state of Georgia was determined to hang this man and they did through other means.

    The sad thing about this is that two innocent men were killed. Mark MacPhail in 1989. And now Troy Davis in 2011.

    Is this now a closed chapter in the lives of those who felt justice has finally been served or will this continue until the state of Georgia be proven wrong about Davis and be known as the shame state where they commit legalized killings?

    God have mercy.

  • fairness3

    Georgia—need we say more

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