Pilgrim Pathways: Notes for a Diaspora People

Incarnational Discipleship

Anti-Death Penalty Organizations in the U.S.

I.  Faith-Based Groups

II. National Organizations

III. State Groups

May 29, 2011 - Posted by | capital punishment, civil rights, ethics, human rights, nonviolence, political violence, violence


  1. I am still kind of caught in the middle on the Morality of the death penalty. I am however against the death penalty on the grounds that it is Hypocratical for a society to say it is wrong to commit murder,yet murdering people as an act of revenge.

    Comment by nemo | May 29, 2011 | Reply

    • Well, I agree with the last. I have plans to write a series on the morality of the death penalty–as first draft for a book. I have been putting it off as the popularity of blogging has declined drastically–so I’m not sure I’ll get much feedback for the book.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | May 30, 2011 | Reply

  2. The legal system of the u.s. is still primitive.america stands no 2 in executions after chaina. blacks are the real suffers of this worst kind of legal system.i would say blacks are killed legally in the name of executions.you the( Americans) kill people by elctrocuting, giving lethal injection or by gassing them this all reminds me of nazi concentration camps.i sometimes wonder whether Herr Hitler is still alive in united states.

    Comment by ajay joshi | April 1, 2012 | Reply

    • In many ways, I couldn’t agree more. However, for the last 5 years, one state every other year has abolished the death penalty–and numerous others have fallen only 1-2 votes short. This year, I expect Connecticut to abolish the death penalty. It voted to do so in ’09, but then-Gov. Jodi Rell (R) vetoed the abolition bill. The new governor has vowed to sign it.

      However, I have to correct you in one regard: All other methods than lethal injection have been abolished in all states but Utah. Lack of the lethal drugs has created de facto moratoria in many states. This has left openings in which anti-dp activists have pushed for abolition and/or real, official moratoria on executions (depending on political context). The movement to abolish the death penalty–which took such a huge beating in the ’80s and ’90s, is on the march, now and picking up speed.

      Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | April 1, 2012 | Reply

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