The state of Texas has scheduled the execution of George Rivas for Wednesday.
Gov. Rick Perry has presided over about half of all Texas executions in the
modern era since executions were resumed in 1982. It is appalling to us is that
our governor identifies himself as a fervent follower of Jesus.
The Religious Outreach Committee of the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Coalition
to Abolish the Death Penalty seeks to follow Jesus and the inspiration of other
religions in our opposition to these killings.
The death penalty falls unfairly on the poor, the uneducated, ethnic and
religious minorities, and persons with mental and emotional illnesses. Jesus
was executed at the hands of legalized authority. Jesus' courage inspires us to
seek a better world in which we honor the sacredness of human life and the
human capacity for redemption.
David Noblin Sr., Dallas Chapter of the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death
(source: Letter to the Editor, Dallas Morning News)