“Death Penalty” What type of punishment does it require in order for today’s society to feel some sort of justice? Although some may feel relief by bringing justice, per se, it is not the right thing to do. We as Christians, it is stated in the Ten Commandments that, “Thou shall not kill”. The death penalty should be revised because it is an immoral action, and from a religious perspective, there are better options than forcing death upon someone’s mistake. The death penalty is just an easy option for the government to rely on. It does not interfere much with the public and has been made easier to perform as the years have passed. Forced death upon someone’s mistakes should not be left in the hands of anyone. Yes, the criminal may have murdered someone, or committed a crime so horrible we could not even imagine. The death penalty is still not a viable route for punishment. It does not give Christ the chance to work in someone’s spiritual life. “There are as many degrees of guilt and culpability as there are crimes, yet the death penalty imposes one definitive, final, indiscrimate punishment on all, halting the action of the Holy Spirit on the condemned person’s soul for eternity” (“Christian Doctrine”). The death penalty does not teach criminal lessons. It is a simple statement to accept. They will be put under, and die in their sleep. It is not an imperative lesson that they will learn in the long run. All they have to look forward to is eternity in darkness. It does not allow criminals the right to a second chance. “Using a panel data set of over 3,000 Countries from 1977 to 1996, Professors Hasem Dezhbakhsh, Paul H. Rubin, and Joanna M Shepherd of Emory University found that each execution, on average, results in 18 fewer murders” (Muhlhausen 3). There are many stories in the Bible that may contradict the belief of not executing in today’s society, but mainly those penalties were used for slave trade back in the Old Testament. In Exodus 21:16, it says, “He who kidnaps a man, whether he sells him or he is found in his possession, shall surely be put to death.” Although we live in a non-strict religious country, if the United States were to uphold to Biblical standards, slavery would never have been implemented in the first place. There are other ways to punish criminals for their heinous choices than by putting them to death. “True life imprisonment is a more effective deterrent than capital punishment. To most inmates, the thought of living a whole lifetime behind bards only to die in a cell is worse than the quick, final terminations of the electric chair or lethal injection” (Cuomo). Death is the easy, quick, less efficient way out because it does not give criminals the opportunity to try and change themselves. According to statistics by inmates, jail is much worse than the death penalty itself. So much evil goes on in jail, like, rape, bullying, cliques formed, everything you could possibly not imagine go on in jail actually happens. The death penalty happens so quick, it seems as though it is the easier route to take, than having to face years in prison. “I believed as governor, and I still believe, that the practice and support for capital punishment is corrosive; that it is bad for a democratic citizenry and that it had to be objected tom and so I did then and I do now and will continue to for as long as it and I exist, because I believe we should be better than what we are in our weakest moments” (Cuomo 4). As genuine humans, it is sometimes hard to fully admit to our wrong doings. If we look at things from a Christian standpoint, anything that has a negative effect or outcome is wrong, no matter the circumstance. Money that is put into executions could be put into programs for prisons. They are so many things progressing in this world, it is important to keep the inmates in tune with the basic knowledge of the outside world. In case, any of them were to be released it is fair that they leave with…
Capital punishment, or commonly referred to as the death penalty, is a very serious and tough is issue to debate, but it is extremely relevant in our current society. Capital punishment commonly defined as the practice of executing someone as punishment for a specific crime after a proper legal trial. Capital punishment has a long and ever expanding history in the world, and as a result, it has given way to a multitude of variations, which in their own respect, have given way…
Dr. Ed O’Neil
May 2, 2013
Debating Capital Punishment
Capital Punishment is defined as the imposition of the penalty of death for a person convicted of a serious crime, such as intentional murder. It is also known as the death penalty.
World history states that death penalty has started even during the Eighth Century B.C. Back in those times, the death penalty was carried out using various methods such as crucifixion…
Capital punishment, also referred to as the death penalty, is not the best financial option available today. The death penalty has been a constant source of debate for as long as it has been imposed. Most of the debates focus on constitutionality, morality, religion, and racism. Focusing on the financial burden on carrying out the death penalty can help to eliminate all of the other debates.
In the United States of America 36 states and the federal government still use…
The word “Law” is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as “A rule established by authority, society or a custom.” When a person violates one of these laws, the society expects that he or she is to be punished and referred to professional help to understand their actions and how they were wrong. If a person were to violate a set of laws simultaneously, what would the government do about it? Gary Leon Ridgeway, known…
Capital punishment is and has been a major discussion point for many years and I personally believe it is time to bring it back. Not only will it lower the level of crime rates but it may also grant the victims’ families a bit of justice. Capital punishment should be brought back but only be used for the worst of crimes so it will only take place for the most heartless criminals. Although the death penalty may seem like a good option to put off crimes the statistics show otherwise…
Capital punishment is something that has been widely discussed and argued over for many years, so what actually is capital punishment? Capital punishment is a punishment that takes form of an execution, it is commonly known as the death penalty. There are many different types of capital punishment, such as beheading, lethal injection, electrocution, hanging and being shot by a firing squad. Crimes punishable with the death penalty include murder and terrorism. Not all countries…
prison without parole in order to avoid capital punishment. The prosecutors are currently seeking capital punishment. Crime is part of human existence and acts of crime can be dated back to the biblical days and is still prevalent in our society today. The massacre in Aurora, Colorado is bringing this debate front and center in our country and resonating with the citizens as to whether we should be abolishing capital punishment.
Capital punishment can be defined as an “execution of an…
Capital punishment or the death penalty is a legal process whereby a person is put to death by the state as a punishment for a crime. The crime is ultimately decided from the state but normally includes murder, rape, mutiny, etc. The practice was popular during the ancient era and into the medieval era which often included some form of torture and ended with a beheading. Countries still utilize these exact methods even today, most being in Asia. Other countries still favor the use of capital punishment…
One of the most controversial topics that affects the United States and other nations in
general is the death penalty and if it really is a proper way to serve justice. What really is the
death penalty? The death penalty is a legal process where an individual is sentenced to death as a
way to punish him or her for his or her crime. The history of the death penalty is a long and
brutal one. It dates back from the stoning and crucifixion killings of the B.C. era to today’s…