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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Alliance of Baptists Calls for End to Executions in Arkansas, Across the U.S.
April 18, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Alliance of Baptists Calls for End to Executions in Arkansas, Across the United States
WASHINGTON—The Abolishing the Death Penalty Community of the Alliance of Baptists, chaired by Jeff Hood, a death penalty activist and spiritual advisor on Death Row in Texas and Tennessee, has issued a statement regarding recently delayed executions in Arkansas and other planned executions across the United States.
Jeff Hood said, “One could spend all day talking about the many injustices of the death penalty. We could talk about the likelihood that innocent people are executed. We could talk about the enormous cost of the death penalty and how the cost is much more than the cost of life without parole. We could talk about the fact that capital punishment is handed down to those without capital. We could talk about how the death penalty is only used in a small percentage of places. We could talk about people who are executed with severe mental deficiencies. We could talk about the fact that the death penalty is not a deterrent to crime. We could talk about how the death penalty creates a new group of victims and offers little solace to the family of the original victim.
While we could go on and on, these reasons are of minimal importance. In the midst of our age of execution, God is what is important. Following in the example of a God who is love, we are commanded to love our neighbors as ourselves. How can we love our neighbors while executing them? With regard to the death penalty, there is no greater question. Surely, there is no greater calling than love.
As the hour of execution approaches, may we stand with God and quit killing people. Amen.”
The Alliance of Baptists affirms these words and will hear from Jeff Hood as part of the protest and press conference at the 30th Anniversary Annual Gathering on April 28, 2017 on the steps of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh, N.C.
About the Alliance of Baptists The Alliance of Baptists began in 1987 as a prophetic voice in Baptist life. Today, we are a faith community comprised of male and female laity and clergy, people of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, theological beliefs, and ministry practices. We are Christians knit together by love for one another and God, combining progressive inquiry, contemplative prayer and prophetic action to bring about justice and healing in a changing world. allianceofbaptists.org
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