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Published On: Mon, Jul 24th, 2017

Diocese of Southern Ohio objects to reinstatement of death penalty

Despite much objection, the state of Ohio will end its current hold on the death penalty and proceed with its first execution in three and a half years on July 26th, 2017.

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The Diocese of Southern Ohio, in partnership with other community faith leaders, and a host of death row exonerees, is urgently encouraging Governor Kasich to reconsider the reinstatement of this punishment given the state’s questionable history of wrongful convictions and botched executions.

“While certain crimes can be difficult to forgive, we must remember that we are all children of God,” Bishop Thomas Breidenthal said. “As Christians, we should respect human life as precious, and not sanction death via our very human, and sometimes flawed, criminal justice system.”

Those looking to learn more or get involved with the movement are encouraged to contact their respective congress person or senator and ask them to halt this process, or by signing the petition via the link below:

http://otse.org/faith_leader_letter/?utm_content=bufferfec48

 

About the Diocese of Southern Ohio

The Episcopal Church is home to more than 25,000 people in Southern Ohio. Our communities of faith can be found in Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, and in farm towns and county seats all across the southern half of Ohio.

We are led by the Rt. Rev. Thomas E. Breidenthal. As bishop, he offers spiritual leadership in partnership with the clergy and people of this diocese.

We are part of a larger, global community. The Episcopal Church has its roots in the Church of England and is part of the Anglican Communion. There are about 2.4 million Episcopalians in the United States and sixteen other countries and more than 70 million Anglicans worldwide.

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