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Rabbis Are Unanimous: No Gas Chamber!

As Ohio contemplates re-starting executions and new killing methodologies (click here) a suggestion from the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association to asphyxiate with nitrogen has raised the ire of the local rabbinate.  All eight Columbus congregational Rabbis signed a letter with other Jewish community leaders calling on Governor Kasich and legislators to “reject proposals to introduce executions conducted by suffocation in any sort of gas chamber in Ohio.” The letter does not take a position on capital punishment itself.  To add your name, contact Abe Bonowitz at Ohioans to Stop Executions at abe@otse.org.
 A nitrogen gas cylinder with pressure-relief devices – Wikimedia

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