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Eye For An Eye Or Turn The Other Cheek?

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Eye For An Eye Or Turn The Other Cheek? It is a time of sadness for the United States. They are now being compared with the countries they, themselves, show disapproval of. The death penalty is cruel and unusual because it breaks sacred amendments and commandments. The death penalty should no longer be an option. According to many people, "we have progressed since the barbaric stone-age," yet our Judicial system does not seem to show it. Murdering someone is a barbaric act, whether it is by an individual, society, or our government. Everyone has heard the saying, "two wrongs don't make a right," what would you call the death penalty? The death penalty must be eliminated because it kills the innocent and destroys our human rights; "the right to life", it is based on revenge not as the proper solution. It is more expensive, and it goes directly against The Bible. Whether someone wants to believe it or not, innocent people have been sent to death row. "From 1900 to 1985, 350 people imposed with the death penalty were innocent, and 23 of those people were actually put to death." ...read more.

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Due to all the appeals the courts have from death row mates, it would be less costly to give an person life imprisonment without parole, rather than give him the death penalty. "Thou shall not kill." Everyone is familiar with this saying, although, everyone breaks it. "70% of Americans support the death penalty." The majority, support the death penalty even when the majority of Americans are Christians. "86.4% of Americans are Christians." Almost all Christians support the death penalty, in other words. What of the quote from The Bible, "He who is without sin shall cast the first stone." In other words, he who is perfect can condemn others for their sins; the rest of the population can sit and watch. There is only one person who is without sin and God explains it in this quote, "Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord." The pope even disagrees with the death penalty. The pope also speaks for a very large percentage of Americans. "Over 60 million people belong to the Roman Catholic Church, which is the largest religious group in the United States." ...read more.

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It also never will be right, as long as this nation stays civilized. "Whether it be by the state, whether it be by an individual for whatever reason, except in the case of self-defense where there is no alternative, the killing of one person by another or others for whatever reason should be something that is simply 'not done,' period." There is one final flaw with the death penalty, though. This flaw is that it is racially discriminate. Discrimination is the plague of the land and it still lingers. Even where, tried by a group of his peers, discrimination should not appear, it does. "Of the 4,016 people executed between 1930 and 1990, 53% were black, yet black people comprised only 12% of the American population. And death sentences are 4.3 times more likely to be imposed on convicted murderers if their victims were white than if their victims were black" (Cruel 2). When 12% of the population can declare ownership to 53% of the death row inmates a statement is being made. This is not a statement claiming black people commit more and more malicious crimes than whites, it is saying that there is discrimination in the legal system. ...read more.

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