Since last month’s election, our newly-elected officials have been filing bills for the 2019 legislative session and it’s official: there is another effort to repeal the death penalty!
Our friends at the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty assure us that 2019 will be the year that repeal succeeds! Their sharp-eyed strategists anticipate that the repeal effort can achieve the 283 necessary votes for repeal. Learn more details on the NHCADP website.
As I hope you know, death penalty repeal is officially supported by the NH Council of Churches in our unanimous 2010 statement. All ten member denominations have official teachings, doctrines, catechisms and minutes that express Christian opposition to the death penalty.
In our statement, we affirm what the Bible affirms: the sacredness of all human life, made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26) and also the ethic to “not repay evil for evil” (Romans 12:17).
Personally, I supported the repeal efforts in 2013 and in 2018. In those years, we came within a handful of votes needed for repeal. Following the NH Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty, I believe that 2019 will be the year for repeal! If you have been waiting for the best chance to make your voice heard for repeal, then this year is the year!
Right now, the Coalition needs your financial support to bring this campaign to completion! A generous anonymous donor has agreed to match all donations to our lobbying efforts with a 3-to-1 match, effectively quadrupling the value of your donation. These donations for the NH Death Penalty Repeal Campaign (NHDPRC) do critical work in the legislature and are not tax-deductible.
If you can join me in making a non-tax deductible donation to the Coalition’s lobbying efforts, please visit this page.
If you prefer to make a tax-deductible donation to the Coalition’s educational efforts, please visit this page.
Yours by faith,
Rev. Jason Wells, Executive Director