- May 28, 2020
On May 30, New Hampshire lawmakers garnered enough votes to abolish the death penalty in the state, overriding a veto from Gov. Chris Sununu and becoming the 21st state to ban capital punishment.
“Many of the people who do not have a formal religion do have belief in God, in souls going to heaven, and in angels. They like pilgrimages and candles,” said Linda Woodhead, professor of the sociology of religion. “This is very different to the Protestant tradition in England. It is like a de-Reformation,” she said, referring to how Catholic practice and ritual was disapproved of after the English Reformation and Puritan era.
Bishop John Arnold, of Manchester, sent out a statement after a man detonated an improvised explosive device during the concert of the pop star, killing twenty-two people, including children, and injuring another 59. Arnold said that such an act “can have no justification.”