Anti-Death-Penalty Activist Sr. Helen Prejean’s Plea to Spare Life of Nadarkhani

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Yesterday, I appeared at a conference in Montana where the famous anti-death-penalty activist, Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking, was also speaking. Just before the proceedings were to commence, I had a quick moment to tell her about the pending execution of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. Illustrating the terrible job the media has done until now, she had not heard of the case, but was appalled. I asked her to make a statement, which she did on Twitter using my Blackberry, which can be found at @forcedexit. Here it is:

To Iranian people: Stop execution Youcef Nadarkhani. It demeans life of all to kill a man for his faith.

Let us hope the Iranian government listens.

Wesley J. Smith

Chair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human Exceptionalism
Wesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.