Conservative Organization Denounces Trump Administration’s Decision to Resume Capital Punishment

A lethal injection room at the state penitentiary in Huntsville, Texas. (Reuters / Jenevieve Robbins/Texas Dept of Criminal Justice/Handout via Reuters)

A conservative organization opposed to the death penalty denounced the recent decision by the Trump administration to resume capital punishment.

The group Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty sent out an email to supporters last Thursday expressing opposition to the administration’s decision.

CCADP National Manager Hannah Cox said in the emailed statement that the decision “goes against the trend we have seen in states across the nation, where executions and sentences are at historic lows.”

“A growing number of conservative state lawmakers are driving that trend because they realize that capital punishment goes against their principles of valuing life, fiscal responsibility and limited government, and that the death penalty does nothing to make the public safer,” stated Cox.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops also denounced the move in a statement released last week by Bishop Frank J. Dewane, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.

“I am deeply concerned by the announcement by the United States Justice Department that it will once again turn, after many years, to the death penalty as a form of punishment, and urge instead that these federal officials be moved by God’s love, which is stronger than death, and abandon the announced plans for executions,” stated USCCB, as reported by Catholic News Service.

Progressive evangelical leader Shane Claiborne also took issue with the decision, retweeting a statement by noted anti-death penalty activist Sister Helene Prejean, who called it “a rush to kill.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski