Scholars, Politicians and Religious Leaders Discuss Religion and the Death Penalty
In the past year, debate over the use of the death penalty in the U.S. has become louder and more focused as the first federal executions since 1963 took place. While public support for the death penalty remains high, it has fallen from a high of 77% five years ago to 63% in 2001. And 42% of death penalty opponents cite religious belief as an influence on their position.
In light of this ongoing debate, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life will hold a conference, "A Call for Reckoning: Religion and the Death Penalty," that will bring together diverse panels of scholars and practitioners, including Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former U.S. Senator Paul Simon, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating and Avery Cardinal Dulles. Panelists will discuss the broad range of views on the death penalty offered by representative faiths and traditions in the U.S.
Conference to discuss broad range of religious views on death penalty
Friday, January 25, 2002
9a.m. - 5p.m.
The University of Chicago Divinity School, Swift Hall
1025 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL
Khaled Abou El Fadl, UCLA School of Law
Victor Anderson, Vanderbilt Divinity School
J. Budziszewski, University of Texas
E.J. Dionne, Jr., The Brookings Institution and co-chair, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Fordham University
Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago and co-chair, the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
Richard Garnett, University of Notre Dame Law School
Hon. Frank Keating, Governor of Oklahoma
Gilbert Meilaender, Valparaiso University
David Novak, University of Toronto
Hon. Antonin Scalia, United States Supreme Court
Hon. Paul Simon, Former Senator (D-IL)
Beth Wilkinson, Former Federal Prosecutor of Oklahoma City bombing trials
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Please note: Justice Scalia's presentation will not be open to video cameras. All other conference proceedings will be available for all types of media coverage.