And some of the statistics are, as one should always suspect with statistics, biased or irrelevant. Average time between sentencing and execution: Due to unending appeals by anti-death penalty activist lawyers. Costs? Who cares unless your main standard for morality is "How much does it cost me?" Etc.posted by aaron at 7:42 AM on February 13, 2001
That piece of the Bible does not mean what most people like to think it means when they invoke it. Jesus was referring to judging people's in toto worthiness, that it's wrong to arbitrarily determine "So-and-so's a worthless scumbag." It has nothing to do with Christians judging people's actions as right or wrong.
Put another way, if it meant what you think it did, then it would be impossible for Christians to have any feelings as to the rightness or wrongness of any action whatsoever. And that would make 75% of the Bible meaningless.posted by aaron at 12:02 PM on February 13, 2001
The death penalty sends the message to everyone in a society -- including our children -- that killing someone is sometimes justified. It contains a terrible schizophrenia: the state kills someone because killing someone is the ultimate crime.
Capital punishment is very Old Testament; how it can be supported by Christians, who claim to love Jesus and his teachings, and who have serious trouble with taking the life of *babies*, is way beyond my capacity to understand. "As you sow, so shall you reap."posted by Twang at 5:57 PM on February 13, 2001
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