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Texas Should Not Have Executed Robert Pruett

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Update: Robert Pruett was executed by lethal injection on Thursday.
Robert Pruett is scheduled to be executed by the State of Texas Thursday. He has never had a chance to live outside a prison as an adult. Taking his life is a senseless wrong that shows how badly the justice system fails juveniles.
Mr. Pruett was 15 years old when he last saw the outside world, after being arrested as an accomplice to a murder committed by his own father. Now 38, having been convicted of a murder while incarcerated, he will be put to death. At a time when the Supreme Court has begun to recognize excessive punishments for juveniles as unjust, Mr. Pruett’s case shows how young lives can be destroyed by a justice system that refuses to give second chances.
Mr. Pruett’s father, Sam Pruett, spent much of Mr. Pruett’s early childhood in prison. Mr. Pruett and his three siblings were raised in various trailer parks by his mother, who he has said used drugs heavily and often struggled to feed the children. Wh…

USA: Conservative pastor: "Stoning gays is the mindset of God"

The New Civil Rights Movement reports that pastor Ben Bailey of the Central Church of Christ recorded a video in which he suggests "the mindset of God" is strongly in favor of stoning gay people to death. 

According to Bailey, God has "a definite standard and it is not the liberal mindset that we see today."

The speech was part of his weekly "The Gospel of Christ" evangelistic program, which, according to the website, "seeks to teach and preach THE WHOLE COUNSEL OF GOD."

"God does not approve of homosexuality or gay marriage," Bailey claims. "The scripture says ... that is vile, unnatural and deserving of a penalty ... It's an abomination that under the Old Testament deserved stoning."

"And so, is our God, the God of Bible, wanting us to go somewhere where it's liberal, relaxed views and anything goes? No, that's the effect of a very liberal society. And we need to make sure that such is not the idea or the mindset of God."

Source: lgbtqnation.com, August 18, 2015

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