Lenten Reflections from the Executed: #522 Manuel Vasquez / March 11, 2015


*These reflections are taken from pieces of the last words of the last 40 persons executed in Texas. Manuel Vasquez-  “Thank you Lord for your mercy and unconditional love.” Who can describe love greater than any love imaginable? Who can comprehend love that is without end? Manuel Vasquez knew that the mercy and love of […]

Manuel Vasquez Deserves to Die


If the wages of sin is death, then Manuel Vasquez deserves to die over and over. A member of the Texas Mexican Mafia, Vasquez strangled Juanita Ybarra to death with a telephone chord over illegal unpaid drug taxes. One prior conviction involved the beating of a man who died after his body was set on […]

Not One More! : Words from Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty Faith Leader Lobby Day


  Good afternoon. My name is Rev. Dr. Jeff Hood. I am standing right outside of the Governors office here in Texas. We just dropped off a faith leader sign on letter with over 550 signatures of Texas faith leaders…who are committed to abolishing the death penalty. I am so proud to be standing with […]

Don’t You Dare Turn Your Head: The Self-Immolation of The Rev. Charles Moore


The fiery passion of 79-year-old retired United Methodist pastor The Rev. Charles Moore is raging in my soul right now.  On June 23 around 5:30pm, Moore exited his vehicle in Grand Saline, Texas, doused his body with gasoline and set himself on fire.  After rescue efforts by bystanders, Moore was taken by helicopter to Parkland […]