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Are Followers of Jesus the Kind of People Who Put Someone to Death?

A criminal defense attorney’s thoughts about capital punishment this Easter season.

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Is All Life Really Sacred?

Did Kelly Gissendaner’s transformation story capture our attention because she is a white woman?

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The Death Penalty is Never Humane

Even when carried out swiftly, the death penalty is an archaic and barbaric practice.

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The Conservative Case to Abolish the Death Penalty

Conservative activists make a “pro-life” argument for the end of the death penalty.

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If It Weren’t for Jesus, I Might Be Pro-Death Too

A response to Albert Mohler’s recent defense of the death penalty.

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Tennessee Death Row Inmates Invite Governor to Pray with Them

Can Governor Haslam interrupt the patterns of death in Tennessee — and find alternatives to the logic of killing?

Pope Francis breathes new life into Cardinal Bernardin’s contested legacy

RNS () — The election of Pope Francis in March heralded a season of surprises for the Catholic Church, but … Continued

Exonerated inmates push Ohio to scrap the death penalty

TOLEDO, Ohio — Three men who were sentenced to death only to be exonerated years later have a message for … Continued

N.C. Catholic dioceses quit church council over same-sex marriage amendment

WILMINGTON, N.C. — At a time when Pope Francis is calling for the church to give up its obsession with … Continued

COMMENTARY: Concealed handguns a form of white social control

Racism remains a dark, durable — and seemingly intractable — element of the American personality. Predictably, the trial of George … Continued

Feisty civil rights activist Will Campbell dies at 88

The Rev. Will D. Campbell, a Baptist minister and early white civil rights activist, as well as best-selling writer and … Continued

Will the Kermit Gosnell verdict change the abortion debate?

Even before rogue abortionist Kermit Gosnell was convicted in Philadelphia on Monday (May 13) of delivering and then killing late-term … Continued

Mercy for Kermit Gosnell

Dr. Kermit Gosnell is escorted to a waiting police van upon leaving the Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia, Monday, May … Continued

Boston cardinal: We become victims when we are unable to forgive

QUOTE OF THE DAY | “Forgiveness does not mean that we do not realize the heinousness of the crime. But … Continued

Catholic bishops: It’s pro-life to ban assault weapons

Some things seem naturally abhorrent – forceps to crush a cranium in an abortion, a needle to deliver a sentence … Continued

Activists scold U.S. over prison imprisoned in Iran

WASHINGTON — Religious freedom activists scolded the U.S. State Department for not appearing at a hearing Friday (March 15) on … Continued

Bringing Pope John XXIII back

Certain facts about Pope Francis are already old news. He is the first pope in more than a thousand years … Continued

Why atheists should embrace America’s ‘godless’ Constition

Many atheists, myself included, are offended by what we view as unwarranted antagonism toward atheists. I’ve participated in a number … Continued

SIDEBAR: Muslims embracing unbelief often face a lonely journey

NEW YORK — There was a time in his life when Ibrahim Abdallah thought he was the only Muslim-turned-atheist in … Continued

In Texas abortion case, has ‘pro-life’ become ‘pro-choice’?

The case of a 16-year-old young woman successfully suing her parents to assure that they will support her choice to … Continued