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Let's Give murderers What they Deserve - the Death penalty.Explain the arguments for and against, and where the views of your chosen religion fit in.

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Religion and Criminal Justice Lets Give murderers What they Deserve - the Death penalty. Explain the arguments for and against, and where the views of your chosen religion fit in. 'Whosoever sheds man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed' Genesis 9:6 There are many arguments both for and against capital punishment. Some people argue for capital punishment, and often quote the verse above. Others argue against it, and say things like 'What if an innocent person is killed?', which has happened a number of times. I do believe that society should be kept safe, and murderers should be given what they deserve - the death penalty, but only if there is conclusive evidence that the suspect did actually commit the murder. Even though I hold this belief, most other Christians would disagree with me, and say that prisoners should be given a chance to reform. However, I think that if someone has committed a crime serious enough to warrant being put to death, they probably will already be so 'hardened', that they wouldn't be able to reform. In addition to the above, the following verse from the bible supports capital punishment: 'Anyone who hits a person and kills him must be put to death.' ...read more.


Some people say that if capital punishment only deters one murder per year, it is still worth it. Nearly all Christians oppose capital punishment. Some people say that abolition would send a message that it is possible to break the cycle of violence, and that it isn't necessary to take life. One of the major arguments against capital punishment is the fact that it is always possible a mistake will be made. In 1953, Derek Bentley was 19, but he had a mental age of 10/11. He went, with another, person called Christopher Craig went to commit a robbery. Chris was armed with a gun. When the policeman arrived at the scene, he grabbed Bentley, and so Chris started pointing the gun at the policeman. The policeman told Chris to give him the gun. Bentley then said something that could have two meanings - 'Let him have it'. Did he mean for Chris to give the policeman the gun, or for Chris to shoot the policeman? Whichever he meant, Chris took the latter as the meaning, and so he shot the policeman. Eventually they were arrested, and taken to court. Chris was to young to be sentenced to death, as he was only 16. However, Bentley was 19, and so he was sentenced to death, even though there was a lot of debating over what he meant when he said 'Let him have it'. ...read more.


In 1998 Karla Faye Tucker was due to be killed for the brutal murder of two people living in an apartment in Houston. During her time on death row, she committed her life to God, and just before her execution she pleaded for clemency. Different people had different views on her execution. Some said that her relationship with God is irrelevant. Others said 'How do you know the people she killed weren't born again Christians?', and cite the fact that the people she killed weren't given any special consideration. However, others said that as a born again believer, she would be able to reach a lot of people through her ministry in prison. As evidence to her rehabilitation she pointed towards her conversion. Gradually she drew support from conservative Christians, former prosecutors, human rights advocates and even a relative of one of her victims. This case would be extremely difficult to decide upon, but I would probably consult the victims' families, see what they thought would be the right thing, and then make my decision. I would probably end up reducing her sentence to life, with the chance of parole. In this case, I think that if the family of the murdered couple wanted her to be put to death, then it would be justified, but if they didn't, it would make it very difficult. Karla Faye Tucker was not given clemency, and killed by lethal injection on February 3rd 1998. ...read more.

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