Religious Differences Over the Death Penalty

According to a recent survey of about 2,000 American adults conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 62 percent favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder, while 31 percent oppose it. (Click on image for larger view.)

The report also notes that:

Majorities of major religious groups, except for black Protestants, favor the death penalty for people convicted of murder. Roughly three-quarters of white evangelical Protestants (77%) and white mainline Protestants (73%) support the death penalty. Somewhat fewer white Catholics (61%), Hispanic Catholics (57%) and the religiously unaffiliated (57%) favor capital punishment for convicted murderers.

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3 Responses

  1. This is a tragedy, and an affront to Christ who said from the Cross, “Father forgive them ..” .In the Eastern Church …we have a prayer: God grant him/her many years” Many years to be reconciled to God and mankind so as to become ‘partakers of the Divine Nature” (2Pt 1:4). One of our greatest saints of the Eastern Church St.Isaac of Syria said: “And what is a merciful heart? He replied: The burning of the heart unto the whole creation, man fowls and beasts, demons and whatever exists; so that by the recollection and the sight of them the eyes shed tears on account of the force of mercy which moves the heart by great compassion.” Those interested can read more fully my article on this at:

  2. zmaryann says:

    What was the question asked? Previous polls have consistently shown that the figures are very different if people are asked about a choice between life in prison without parole and the death penalty. With this type of question only 41% of Americans support the death penalty.

  3. tacitus says:

    Not surprising that the more conservative, and authoritarian religious people are in favor of the judicial killing of their fellow citizens.

    And the Catholic Church, who has been having fits over something as small as the new HHS mandates has been conspicuously silent over the continued use of the death penalty in the USA.

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