Religion & Beliefs

Social Justice Tuesday: Killing People Is Bad

How awesome is it that the US Supreme Court has pretty much stopped capital punishment for the next few months while they decide if it’s Constitutional? I am so psyched (though of course really sad that it took a particularly … Read More

By / November 27, 2007

How awesome is it that the US Supreme Court has pretty much stopped capital punishment for the next few months while they decide if it’s Constitutional? I am so psyched (though of course really sad that it took a particularly gruesome execution to get to this point). We can’t lobby Supreme Court Justices, but regardless of what they decide there are other ways to make sure that the death penalty isn’t your state’s go-to method for crime prevention. If your state has abolition or moratorium bills pending, write your representatives in the state legislature and/or your governor expressing your support for the bill and explaining. your personal objections to the death penalty. If there is no such bill pending in your state legislature, write your representatives to ask that they consider sponsoring such a bill.

This year abolition or moratorium bills were introduced in Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia.

It’s also a really good idea to bring this issue into whatever spiritual community you belong to. The Reform movement’s Religious Action Center (RAC) has an awesome page with all kinds of resources. I’m especially fond of their page on the Jewish Perspective. Also check out Amnesty International’s Faith in Action page on the death penalty, and Louis Jacobs writing for MyJewishLearning. Finally, check out the National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty’s blog, where they spotlight specific cases, and make awesomely snarky comments about how President Bush is happy to pardon turkeys, but doesn’t like to see prisoners live out their natural lives.