death penalty


Abortion Doctor Says: We are the Executioners

by Sarah Terzo Pro-choice author Magda Denes, Ph.D., interviewed abortionists and clinic workers for her book In Necessity and Sorrow, Life and Death inside an Abortion Hospital. Surprisingly, many of the abortionists she interviewed admitted that they were terminating life. One abortionist made it very clear that he knew he was killing. He speaks first about how strange…


Self-Defeating Violence: The Case of the First World War

by John Whitehead The United States recently reached the 100th anniversary of American entry into the First World War. Although American businesses had provided arms and money to the Allied nations (which included Britain, France and Russia) in their war against Germany and the other Central Powers, US President Woodrow Wilson had sought to avoid…


Why Conservatives Should Oppose the Death Penalty

by Destiny Herndon-de La Rosa Not a day goes by that I don’t log onto my Facebook, sign into my email, or stream through a thread of tweets declaring one thing loudly: The government is corrupt on almost all levels and something must be done to take away its power. This might not be everyone’s experience,…


A New Pro-Life Movement

by Shane Claiborne Note: Shane Claiborne founded The Simple Way in Philadelphia and heads up Red Letter Christians (people who are committed to living “as if Jesus meant the things he said.”) His books include The Irresistible Revolution and Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why it’s Killing Us.     We…


Mourning After & Hoping for the Future, We Call for a Consistent Life Texas!

Mourning After & Hoping for the Future, We Call for a Consistent Life Texas! Thad Crouch (speaking of himself in the third person) offers this report:   Mourning after the Supreme Court of the U.S. (SCOTUS) overturned two of four provisions of Texas law on medical regulations for abortion clinics —while also looking hopefully at…


People Are So Much More than their Circumstances

by Lisa Stiller I recently had the awesome opportunity to attend the Religious Education Congress, an annual gathering of about 40,000 Catholics that come from all over the country and descend upon Anaheim, California. The event has grown from a conference aimed at religious education instructors to one that has something for everyone – social…


Spice things up with the Consistent Life Ethic

By Carol Crossed, Consistent Life Board Member The consistent life ethic is like salt. You don’t need a whole lot to be effective. But it’s essential to have it present…spread out here and there to spice up politics, to add a little flavor to dull single-issue groups. But it stings, like when you wash out your mouth…


The Consistent Life Consensus in Ancient Christianity

by Rob Arner, CL Board member Adjunct Professor of Religion at Reformed Episcopal Seminary and Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA Mennonite   When measured against the standard of the ancient Christian church, contemporary American and European Christianity is in a moral mess. When it comes to what have been called the “life issues,” Christians are no…


Does the Consistent Life Ethic Water Down Life Issues?

Some say the consistent life ethic (CLE) waters down a particular life issue. The harsher critics state, or at least imply, that this is deliberate. This kind of criticism is not new, but this year I’ve been seeing it more than I usually do. While some may be insincere about their support of the CLE,…


First Stirrings on Connecting the Life Issues

by Carol Crossed, Consistent Life Board member In the 1970s and 1980s and in the midst of raising six children, I was immersed in several activist movements of the day.  What began in world hunger and lobbying activity for Bread for the World became more sophisticated with the Nestle Boycott.  Understanding the corporate role in…