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

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…

Somalia: Kenyan stoned to death for alleged espionage

January 10, 2012: Kenyan fighting for the Al-Shabaab was filmed as he was being executed by the Somali militant group for alleged espionage.

The Kenya Defense Forces spokesman Major Emmanuel Chirchir confirmed that the non-Somali Kenyan was stoned to death by the militants in Kismayu after he was convicted of aiding Kenyan troops identify their targets in Somalia.

"It is a fact that a Kenyan was executed in Kismayu, two more are likely to be executed on January 13 afternoon," Chirchir said.

The photos showed a Kenyan man from Nairobi who had been "recruited" by Al-Shabaab and then was stoned to death because he had a different "opinion" from them.

Chirchir said the stoning took place in the southern Somali city of Kismayo, a key target of the Kenyan offensive. The militants are said to have rounded up hundreds of Kismayu residents to come and witness the execution, a tactic they normally use to instill fear in the civilian population.

Source: Xinhua, January 12, 2012

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