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September 15, 2010

North Carolina clergy urging end to state's use of capital punishment

Religion and sentencing are mixing again in North Carolina, as detailed in this local article headlined "Asheville pastors: SBI crime lab woes show need to eliminate death penalty." Here are the basics:

North Carolina's criminal justice system is so fraught with cheating that lawmakers should eliminate the death penalty to keep innocent people from being executed, local pastors and an exonerated death row inmate said Tuesday.

Speaking at a news conference in front of the Buncombe County Courthouse, participants said recent revelations about fraud in the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab only underscore an enduring problem. “Our faith in the criminal justice system is shaken, but our resolve to make it better (is) not,” said the Rev. Jim Abbott of St. Matthias' Episcopal Church. “We are deeply concerned innocent people may have been wrongly convicted.”

Abbott and others cited a report issued last month concluding that the SBI crime lab omitted, overstated or falsely reported blood evidence in dozens of cases, including three that ended in executions....

The Rev. Joe Hoffman, pastor of First Congregational United Church of Christ, called on Gov. Bev Perdue to commute the sentence of death row inmates to life in prison. “This system has exposed itself for what it is,” Hoffman said. “Unfairness and racial injustice have been present in our system for a very long time. We do not end violence by being violent.”

Some older posts on religion and the death penalty:

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Religion is the only scam with constitutional protection. Let me understand the model. I give the religion money today, and my reward is after my death. This reward consist of the privilege of meeting and hanging with scary, cranky, vengeful, entitled gay guys, or a scary ultra-violent pedophile, who tolerates no dissent. They do nothing but lecture. You cannot even kid around with them, since there is no humor allowed.

In order to help people accept this model, these religions had millions of people put to death, after seizing their assets. The arguments above are ironic.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Sep 16, 2010 3:58:47 AM

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