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Speaking and Listening If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers

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When someone takes a life, the balance of justice is disturbed. Only the taking of the murderer's life restores the balance and allows society to show convincingly that murder is an intolerable crime which will be punished in kind. Retribution has its basis in religious values, which have historically maintained that it is proper to take an "eye for an eye" and a life for a life. Although the victim and the victim's family cannot be restored to the status which preceded the murder, at least an execution brings closure to the murderer's crime (and closure to the ordeal for the victim's family) and ensures that the murderer will create no more victims. For the most cruel and heinous crimes, the ones for which the death penalty is applied, offenders deserve the worst punishment under our system of law, and that is the death penalty. Any lesser punishment would undermine the value society places on protecting lives. Robert Macy, District Attorney of Oklahoma City, described his concept of the need for retribution in one case: "In 1991, a young mother was rendered helpless and made to watch as her baby was executed. ...read more.

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Matthew 7:1. But Jesus himself told us that He did not come to abolish or change the Law, but to fulfill the Law There is a popular saying that only God has the right to take a human life. But nowhere in the bible is this statement confirmed. Indeed, Genesis 9:6, God states: "Whoever sheds MAN'S blood, by MAN his blood shall be shed." Also, in the time when God was giving His law to Moses and His people, He said, "He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death." -Exodus 21:12 "Moreover you shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death, but he shall surely be put to death." -Numbers 35:31 "So you shall not pollute the land where you are; for blood defiles the land, and no atonement can be made for the land, for the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of him who shed it." -Numbers 35:33 "The movie Dead Man Walking demonstrates a very good example of how just punishment and Jesus' message of love and redemption can work together: "Had rapist/murderer ...read more.

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Indeed, the death penalty fits in very well with Christian beliefs, especially if one considers Christ's crucifixion. For man's sins were so great, that only an execution could atone for them. Just as Christ died to atone for Man's sins, so must the murderer die to atone for his, following Christ's example. Without atonement for one's sins, forgiveness and redemption look cheap and frivolous. Christ demonstrated just that when he died on the cross for us. It can be confirmed that biblical text finds that it is a violation of God's mandate not to execute murderers-and nowhere does the text contradict this finding. Sum up To conclude our debate today I would like to say: If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a number of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a number of innocent victims. I know myself and Aine would much rather risk the former. This is why we would like to re-introduce the death penalty for murder charge. For us this is not a tough call. We hope that for you, the members of the floor, this is not a tough call either. ...read more.

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