A wide array of nearly 30 religious groups has called upon the U.S. Supreme Court to outlaw the execution of minors. The high court is expected to hear oral arguments in a juvenile death penalty case when its new term opens in the fall.
Denominations that sometimes find little theological common ground joined on July 19 to submit a friend-of-the-court brief in Roper v. Simmons. They urged the court to heed “evolving standards of decency” and stop states from applying the death penalty to youths under 18 years old.
Signatories to the brief include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Greek Orthodox Church, the United Methodist Church, the Presbyterian Church, the American Jewish Committee, the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and the Muslim Public Affairs Council.