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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…

ISIS fighter jokes about throwing gays off buildings in online Q&A

A gay man is about to be thrown off a building rooftop by ISIS fighters in Iraq in August 2015.
A gay man is about to be thrown off a building rooftop by ISIS fighters
in Iraq in August 2015.
A Dutch-born Islamic State fighter has hosted an online Q&A – in which he joked about executing gay people.

The New York Times picked up that Israfil Yilmaz – who quit the Royal Netherlands Army in 2013 in order to fight for IS – took a number of questions on Tumblr.

Fielding questions on his blog, which has since been suspended, he said of gay people: “Do the whole world a favor and throw them off the highest building you can find :-)”.

He also revealed that the group had banned the use of iPhones and Apple-owned products – and explained that using Tumblr is only ‘haram’ (forbidden) if you use it for “the wrong reasons”.

The fighter also bragged about the group’s atrocities in Paris, citing France’s complicities in wars.

He wrote: “The blood of a Muslim is not cheap, and whoever takes from the blood of a Muslim for no reason should know that one day a Muslim will take revenge for the blood of that same Muslim.

“Just because they carpet bomb innocent Muslims from high in the skies and use proxies on the ground for the dirty work it’s less evil right?”

The group has executed hundreds of men for homosexuality as it expands beyond its strongholds.

The United Nations Security Council recently discussed the group’s tactics in persecuting LGBT people, as well as spreading terror and committing other atrocities.

Source: Pink News, Nick Duffy, November 23, 2015

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