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In the Bible Belt, Christmas Isn’t Coming to Death Row

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When it comes to the death penalty, guilt or innocence shouldn’t really matter to Christians.  

NASHVILLE — Until August, Tennessee had not put a prisoner to death in nearly a decade. Last Thursday, it performed its third execution in four months.
This was not a surprising turn of events. In each case, recourse to the courts had been exhausted. In each case Gov. Bill Haslam, a Republican, declined to intervene, though there were many reasons to justify intervening. Billy Ray Irick suffered from psychotic breaks that raised profound doubts about his ability to distinguish right from wrong. Edmund Zagorksi’s behavior in prison was so exemplary that even the warden pleaded for his life. David Earl Miller also suffered from mental illness and was a survivor of child abuse so horrific that he tried to kill himself when he was 6 years old.
Questions about the humanity of Tennessee’s lethal-injection protocol were so pervasive following the execution of Mr. Irick that both Mr. Zagorski and M…

Saudi Arabia inaugurates 2012 with two beheadings

RYADH - Two Saudis sentenced to death for drug trafficking were beheaded today [January 2, 2012] in eastern Saudi Arabia in the first executions of 2012, the Saudi Ministry of Interior said earlier today.

Mustafa al-Zine and Anas al-D'him, convicted of drug trafficking on a large scale, were executed in the Al-Ahsa region, the ministry said in a statement quoted by the official Saudi agency Spa.

At least 76 death-row inmates were executed in 2011, according to an AFP tally. Amnesty International estimated that at least 79 executions were carried out in Saudi Arabia during the last year.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery, homosexuality and drug trafficking are punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, which strictly applies the Sharia law.

Source: Agence France-Presse, January 2, 2012

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