Evangelicals are divided on death penalty...officially


In 1983, a broadcaster from New Hampshire asked President Ronald Reagan about accusations that he had moved away from the principles that got him elected. His response is now legendary: “I have always figured that a half a loaf is better than none, and I know that in the democratic process you're not going to always get everything you want.” What Reagan knew about political change, the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) knows about religious change. Which is why on October 15, the NAE’s Board of Directors officially inched away from their pro-death penalty position by approving what one might call a half-a-loaf resolution on the death penalty.