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The Death Penalty: Whom Shalt Thou Not Kill?

Posted in The Death Penalty Quandry by htbaird on January 15, 2009

Let’s examine one of the primary comandments of all major religions: “Thou shalt not kill.”
First, we must assume that this applies to killing other human beings…not cutting down trees, planting and reaping grain, killing animals for meat, or stepping on disease-carrying cockroaches. This is the dominant view of Westerners.
As for the GOP, I beleive we are curently in a quandry of contradictory stances. Is it okay to kill a convicted murderer, but not okay to kill a fetus? Is only innocent life sacred? If so, is Brittany Spears is asking for it when she sings, “I’m not THAT innocent!”? Of course, there are varying degrees of innocence. Where do we draw the line?
Is it alright for the government to execute criminals from an objective standpoint? If so, we must question the difference between one individual killing another out of vengeance or greed vs. a third party pulling a lever or pushing a button.
I am mystified by this quandry, and have considered it for years. On one hand, I beleive it is wrong to kill. But if a loved one were murdered by a criminal, I would want that person dead quicker than you can say, “Die, bastard!” By the same token, I also beleive that abortion is justified in certain circumstances.
Consider the idea that “Caeser shall do what is unto Caesar, and God shall do what is unto God.” It is a fairly convincing argument against the death penalty. My interpretation is that we may imprison, but not kill. In fact, in my mind, life in prison – especially for men – is a harsher punishment than death.
I beleive the GOP needs to address this issue, rather than simply taking a “pro-death penalty” stance. We need a more detailed and public account of what that atually enatails and to whom it refers.
I invite you learned folks to opine!

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  1. Mike Feeney said, on January 16, 2009 at 3:43 am

    I think the death penalty question is not hotly discussed these days. Neither left or right activists generate a lot of noise.

    Some held is against President Bush [ 43 ] b/c Texas has the countries highest rate [ I think ]. Most Americans probably feel that our most heinous murderers deserve the death penalty. These people deserve proper legal appeals and DNA evidence to be presented.

    It is interesting to me how DNA evidence and ultrasounds are giving us new found insights. Advancing science is turning more people to question abortion and if the executed received their full case. Pope John Paul II was pro-life on both of these issues.

    Great job ht. Mike.

  2. htbaird said, on January 16, 2009 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks, Mike. I think your point of more Americans looking closer at the sanctity of life on both death penalty and abortion is a great comment….a step in the right direction, for sure. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!


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