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EJUSA Evangelical Network Announces New Advisors

Advisors Group Formed to Support Justice Work Beyond Ending the Death Penalty

 The EJUSA Evangelical Network is pleased to announce the inaugural members of its new Advisors Group, which has been formed to help the network address issues beyond ending the death penalty and aimed at transforming America’s justice system.

The Advisors Group will help guide the network on community-based violence prevention, healing support, trauma-informed public safety systems and restorative practices, with racial equity at the center of the work.

“This is not a board to oversee as much as a group to enable, shape, and be part of the movement itself,” said Sam Heath, Manager of the EJUSA Evangelical Network. “The group will be a watchguard and herald for the EJUSA Evangelical Network’s endeavors and they will also be champions of our work.”

The inaugural group is made up of Evangelical theologians, historians, people directly impacted by the criminal legal system, and advocates, including:

  • Jemar Tisby, Ph.D., New York Times best-selling author of “The Color of Compromise: The Truth About the American Church’s Complicity in Racism”
  • Aaron Griffith, Ph.D., Scholar of American History and Author of “God’s Law and Order: The Politics of Punishment in Evangelical America” winner of the 2022 Best Book Award for History and Biography from Christianity Today
  • Rev. Stacy Rector, Executive Director of Tennesseans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty

“We as Christians must commit to changing racist policies and practices, as well as the trauma caused by violence,” said Dr. Tisby. “Supporting the work of this important network of Evangelical leaders will help us in the pursuit of racial justice.”

The EJUSA Evangelical Network promotes a justice system centered on redemption and healing.

Equal Justice USA is a national organization working to transform the justice system by promoting responses to violence that break cycles of trauma. Our Evangelical Network unites Evangelicals under a bold vision of justice transformation, so that violence is rare and every community is safe and healthy.

Fighting the death penalty is as prolife–and Christian–as fighting for the life of the unborn. Anybody who pits the unborn against the person on death row cares nothing for the unborn except as a human shield for their lust for blood. Bravo to EJUSA Evangelical Network for cooperating with the Holy Spirit!

Catechism of the Catholic Church 2267. Recourse to the death penalty on the part of legitimate authority, following a fair trial, was long considered an appropriate response to the gravity of certain crimes and an acceptable, albeit extreme, means of safeguarding the common good.

Today, however, there is an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes. In addition, a new understanding has emerged of the significance of penal sanctions imposed by the state. Lastly, more effective systems of detention have been developed, which ensure the due protection of citizens but, at the same time, do not definitively deprive the guilty of the possibility of redemption.

Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”,[1] and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.

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Behold, how good and pleasant it is
    when brothers dwell in unity!
It is like the precious oil upon the head,
    running down upon the beard,
upon the beard of Aaron,
    running down on the collar of his robes!
It is like the dew of Hermon,
    which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
    life for evermore. – Psalm 133

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  1. Softie libtards /s

    Meanwhile Rod Dreher writes ”Up With the ‘Carceral’ State” at The American Con. Glad to see he has time for that, in between extolling the virtues of the Hungarian and Slavic übermensch.

    1. He’s gotten worse. His response to Putin: war isn’t good, but the biggest threat to Western Civilization isn’t a demagogue taking over centuries old countries – it’s WOKE and transgenders, so Putin’s good.

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