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WASHINGTON -- A recent poll conducted by the Barna Group shows that the number of young Christians who support the death penalty is in decline. Only 32 percent of Christian millennials, born between 1980 and 2000, agreed that the government should be able to execute "the worst criminals."

The number was even lower among those who attend church services at least one time per month, with only 23 percent of "practicing Christian" millennials supporting capital punishment.

"This parallels a growing trend in the pro-life conversation among Christians to include torture and the death penalty as well as abortion," said Roxanne Stone, vice president for publishing at the Barna Group. "For many younger Christians, the death penalty is not a political dividing point but a human rights issue."

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Title Annotation:signs of the times
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Article Type:Brief article
Date:Mar 1, 2014
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