Conservative news outlet Townhall reported on the National Association of Evangelicals’ (NAE) recently softened stance on the death penalty. Leah Barkoukis wrote,
The National Association of Evangelicals’ recent resolution on the death penalty didn’t exactly reverse the organization’s 40-year position favoring capital punishment, but it did make a significant change: It now recognizes the growing opposition to the death penalty among believers.
CCATDP’s Heather Beaudoin was on the front lines advocating for the NAE to change their longstanding pro-death penalty position. She said,
“Clearly we are seeing growing concerns among the NAE leadership about problems with the death penalty,” Heather Beaudoin, a national coordinator for Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, said in a statement. “These concerns mirror what I have been hearing when I talk to Christians across the country. More of them are questioning their support for the death penalty as they learn about its mistakes and bias. I am overjoyed that the NAE has taken so much leadership in fostering this dialog.”
While Evangelicals may hold different beliefs about capital punishment, the resolution states that all are “united in calling for reform to our criminal justice system.”