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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…

Antonin Scalia Liked Trump's Candidacy — Is Anyone Surprised?

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Notorious homophobe Antonin Scalia was reportedly intrigued by the candidacy of Donald Trump and spoke favorably of him for president, reports the Wall Street Journal in a not-so-suprising revelation. 

The Supreme Court justice known for his unvarnished dissent considered Trump “refreshing,” according to Bryan Garner, the author of a new book about Scalia, Nino and Me

“Justice Scalia thought it was most refreshing to have a candidate who was pretty much unfiltered and utterly frank,” Garner told the Wall Street Journal. He apparently made the comments in the last months before his death in February 2016.

The feeling was mutual, with Trump promising on the campaign trail to appoint a justice “in the mold” of the late justice. 

Trump went onto appoint Neil Gorsuch, saying it was Scalia “whose image and genius was in my mind throughout the decision-making process."

Scalia isn’t known among LGBT people for genius. Instead, he’s known for defending a ban on an anti-discrimination law in Colorado as “a modest attempt by seemingly tolerant Coloradans to preserve traditional sexual mores against the efforts of a politically powerful minority.” 

He supported laws banning gay sex, blasting “a law-profession culture that has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda.” 

He lectured fellow justices for sending marriage equality nationwide. And the list of invective goes on and on. Here it is...

➤ Read Scalia’s Greatest Fits, as compiled by The Advocate.

Source: The Advocate, Lucas Grindley, January 15, 2018


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