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Why Texas’ ‘death penalty capital of the world’ stopped executing people

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Since the Supreme Court legalized capital punishment in 1976, Harris County, Texas, has executed 126 people. That's more executions than every individual state in the union, barring Texas itself.
Harris County's executions account for 23 percent of the 545 people Texas has executed. On the national level, the state alone is responsible for more than a third of the 1,465 people put to death in the United States since 1976.
In 2017, however, the county known as the "death penalty capital of the world" and the "buckle of the American death belt" executed and sentenced to death a remarkable number of people: zero.
This is the first time since 1985 that Harris County did not execute any of its death row inmates, and the third year in a row it did not sentence anyone to capital punishment either.
The remarkable statistic reflects a shift the nation is seeing as a whole.
“The practices that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office is following are also signifi…

British Government Shuts Down Muslim School For Girls That Teaches Gay Men Should Be Executed

Students at Jamia Al-Hudaa Residential College for Girls were also reportedly told men should beat their wives.

A school for Muslim girls in England has been ordered to close after a former student revealed some of the homophobic and sexist lessons students were being taught.

Aliyah Saleem told authorities that students at the Jamia Al-Hudaa Residential College for Girls are told men should be allowed to beat their wives and that gay people should be killed.

“At least four girls accused of being lesbians were expelled during my time,” says Saleem. “Teachers and pupils discussed it openly.”

She says she was expelled in 2011 for owning a disposable camera, though administrators at the Nottingham boarding school maintain she was “disruptive.”

The Department for Education has cut funding for the academy’s residential program, which account for 85% of the student body. 

Officials claim students lack “opportunity to learn and make progress and receive effective preparation for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in British society”.

The school insists the decision is “completely biased and unfair,” and has started a crowdfunding campaign to privately raise the more than $240,000 needed to remain open.

Earlier this month, an American-born cleric who said gay men’s heads should be chopped off was found to be teaching at another Muslim school in London.

Source: NewNowNext, Dan Avery, October 17, 2016

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