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“Governor Abbott is a Catholic lone-wolf on Death Penalty”

The Houston Chronicle posted an opinion piece on the contradictory nature of Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s Catholic faith and his commitment to the death penalty. Writes Rev. Marty Troyer:

Today I heard you [Abbott] invoke God’s grace for yourself, while consciously planning to refuse it for those on Texas’ death row; including Arnold Prieto, age 41, who is scheduled to be your first execution on the second day of your Governorship (Wednesday). Perhaps I’m just confused. Or perhaps the cognitive dissonance I and others experience between your faith and politics is an integrity gap that will have grave implications.

Undoubtedly it will further the cycle of violence in Texas (“those who live by the sword will die by the sword”). Likely it will lead to the death of an innocent; and thus unmask the moral bankruptcy of our social imagination in the same way Jesus’ unjust execution did.

 

Pope Francis has called for an end to the death penalty . Perhaps new governor Abbott can be swayed by his church’s highest official. If you are a member of the faith community and would like to join the growing number of Austin-area clergy in support of Rodney, please contact us to add your or your congregation’s name!

Free Rodney Reed joins in MLK Day parades in Houston and Austin

Activists in both Houston and Austin joined the parade festivities celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19. We collected petition signatures and added some beautiful faces to our #Justice4Rodney Instagram pics. You can add your own solidarity photo by following #Justice4Rodney and tagging your picture! Honor the legacy of Dr. King by joining the fight for Rodney’s life!

Supporters march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Austin. January 2015

Supporters march in the Martin Luther King, Jr. parade in Austin. January 2015

MLK Day March in Austin, January 2015

MLK Day March in Austin, January 2015

Supporter holds a sign reading "Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed" in a crowd gathered around the Martin Luther King, Jr statue at the University of Texas at Austin. Picture by Hooman Hedayati

Supporter holds a sign reading “Stop the Execution of Rodney Reed” in a crowd gathered around the Martin Luther King, Jr statue at the University of Texas at Austin.
Photo by Hooman Hedayati

Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement truck in the Houston MLK Day parade. January 2015. Photo by Gloria Rubac

Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement truck in the Houston MLK Day parade. January 2015.
Photo by Gloria Rubac