All Catholics oppose death penalty and all Baptists favor it?

In the wake of the nation’s first executions since Oklahoma’s botched lethal injection, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an interesting story on a young Republican concerned about the death penalty: Late Tuesday, as the clock approached midnight, Marcus Wellons rode to oblivion on a state-inserted needle, his punishment for the rape and murder of a young Cobb [Read More…]

Little argument, and little religion, after botched execution

This is the headline on a Washington Post follow-up on the recent big story in my home state: In Okla., little argument over the final outcome for inmate who died after botched execution Little argument and little religion, based on this rather shallow Post story. At GetReligion, we often refer to “holy ghosts.” In fact, [Read More…]

Journalism, religion and a botched execution in Oklahoma

What was it like? How do you feel? Years ago, when I covered the state prison system for The Oklahoman and began serving as an official media witness for executions, those were the kinds of questions friends asked. Truth be told, I felt numb. I mean, I knew I had watched someone die. But I did [Read More…]

Capital punishment, abortion and a Catholic politician

The Washington Post’s front page today featured a long profile focused on the faith and religious underpinnings of former Virginia Gov. — and current U.S. Senate candidate — Tim Kaine. The top of the 2,700-word story: It’s not unusual, on an election-year Sunday, to find a white candidate in a black church. But Tim Kaine, [Read More…]