Mennonites , Church of the Brethren and Friends have opposed the death penalty since their founding, and continue to be strongly opposed to it today. These groups, along with other Christians opposed to capital punishment, have cited Christ 's Sermon on the Mount (transcribed in Matthew Chapter 5–7 ) and Sermon on the Plain (transcribed in Luke 6:17–49 ). In both sermons, Christ tells his followers to turn the other cheek and to love their enemies, which these groups believe mandates nonviolence , including opposition to the death penalty.
As of 2015-MAY, Amnesty International sells a remarkable unisex T-shirt that shows the . states that still have the death penalty as red stars and those that don't as white stars. The star representing Texas appears to have trailing blood smear, apparently because of the enormous number of executions per capita in that state. The caption says "Abolish the Death Penalty." Amnesty International is working to ensure that more red stars will flip to white. They enclose a stencil with some fabric paint so that you can change red stars to white as additional states abolish capital punishment. See: http:/// offers free shipping for Amazon Prime members.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court released orders from the October 6 conference. The court set two original-jurisdiction cases on its docket, Texas v. New Mexico and Florida v. Georgia , for oral argument “in due course.” The court also called for the views of the solicitor general in Apple v. Pepper . The court heard oral argument in Hamer v. Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago on Tuesday and in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense and Jesner v. Arab Bank on Wednesday. The calendar for the October sitting is available on the court's website . On Friday the justices will meet for their October 13 conference; our list of "petitions to watch" for that conference is available at this link .