Shane Claiborne joins the Felony Friday show to discuss a subject that is pretty controversial, the death penalty. Shane is a Christian activist and author who is one of the founding members of the intentional community, the Simple Way, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Eastern University, where he studied sociology and youth ministry.
Shane has an impressive resume. He worked alongside Mother Teresa during a 10-week term in Calcutta. He spent three weeks in Baghdad with the Iraq Peace Team and took daily trips to sites where there had been bombings, visited hospitals and families, and attended worship services during the war. – Claiborne is featured in the documentary The Ordinary Radicals, and he co-directed the three volume Another World is Possible series.
In 2011 he declared his unwillingness to pay taxes to fund U.S. military activity and withheld a portion of his income taxes meant to correspond to the percentage of the federal budget spent on the military, donating that money instead to charity. Shane is the author of the book Executing Grace: How the Death Penalty Killed Jesus and Why It’s Killing Us.
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