Some major U.S. religious groups differ from their members on the death penalty

Among non-Christian faiths, teachings on the death penalty vary.

The Reform and Conservative Jewish movements have advocated against the death penalty, while theOrthodox Union has called for a moratorium. Similarly, Buddhism is generally against capital punishment, although there is no official policy.

Hinduism also does not have a clear stance on the issue. In Islam, the death penalty is widely seen as acceptable (based on the Quran), and Islamic courts in countries such as Saudi Arabia and Iran routinely hand down death sentences. Some U.S. Muslim groups, however, have spoken out against the death penalty; for example, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has called for a moratorium.


Where Religious Groups Stand on the Death Penalty

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