LATINO EVANGELICALS DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT CAPITAL PUNISHMENT
For Immediate Release
May 6, 2014
Rev. Gabriel Salguero,
New York, NY. — This week The Constitution Project will release recommendations for reform on the issue of capital punishment. In response to this growing conversation, The National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), a coalition of over 3,000 Hispanic evangelical churches, is advocating for Hispanic evangelical leaders to closely examine their stance on capital punishment and mass incarceration. This call is part of NaLEC’s multi-year push on issues of criminal justice. Last year, Rev. Gabriel Salguero, President of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC), joined 27 prominent evangelicals and Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty in raising concern around fair sentencing hearings in a capital punishment case in Texas. Rev. Salguero also shared with news anchor Jorge Ramos on his personal involvement in this conversation. In April, NaLEC Vice-President, Rev. Walter Contreras gave its support to SB1010 Fair-sentencing legislation in California. NaLEC’s has sponsored national conversations with Equal Justice USA around the death penalty and the Latino and faith communities.
Rev. Salguero, who also serves as lead-pastor of the Lamb’s Church in Manhattan, said, “We are in urgent need to revisit the issue of capital punishment and mass incarceration in this country. As an evangelical committed to justice and life I feel Hispanic evangelicals need to continue to be at the forefront of the discussion on the death penalty.” NaLEC is particularly concerned about the disproportionate impact on poor people and the damaging impact of racial bias in sentencing.” Salguero added, “NaLEC has expressed its commitment to a holistic conversation around this most difficult and sensitive issue and this must include pastoral attention to victims of violent crimes and their families while addressing concerns with the broken system.”
The National Latino Evangelical Coalition (NaLEC) is a national coalition of over 3,000 Hispanic evangelical congregations and leaders committed to just laws and the common good.