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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…

Mass protests against planned execution of activists continue in Bahrain

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Mass protests by citizens of Bahrain continue to grow, as people take to the streets to protest against the regime of the Khalifa dynasty.

Local sources report heavy crackdowns on demonstrations all over the country, adding that people chanted slogans which called for an end to the Khalifa family's rule over the country. 

Bahraini troops used teargas to suppress a demonstration by women in the village of Diraz on Monday.

Demonstrations have been growing steadily since 6 civilians were sentenced to the death penalty on Monday. 

The verdict had been handed down by a military court, after a decree by Bahraini absolute monarch Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa ruled that civilian protesters should henceforth be tried under military law.

Bahrain's top military court sentenced the 6 individuals to death on Monday after convicting them over charges including plotting to assassinate the chief of the armed forces of the Gulf state, Field Marshal Sheikh Khalifa bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa. 

The court also sentenced seven other people to 7-year jail terms and deprived them of their citizenship, while 5 men were acquitted.

Prior to Monday's trial, there had never once been any official mention of any sort of plot against the life of the Field Marshall, and the Bahrain News Agency refused to give any further details of when or where the plan was alleged to have taken place.

Source: almasdarnews.com, December 31, 2017


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