• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Capital Punishment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Capital Punishment essays

  1. Swing Rioters and the Luddites 1)The Swing rioters were a bunch of farmers in ...

    Because of this they attacked factorys and smashed up machines (the machines that took over their job). They also burned down factorys and mills which kept some of the new machines in them. The main weapon they used to help them smash things up with (mainly machines)

  2. Let's Give murderers What they Deserve - the Death penalty.Explain the arguments for and ...

    parole and sentencing someone to death: Cost of life without parole: $34,200 per year for 50 years at a 2% annual increase plus $75,000 for trial and appeals = $3.01million Same except 3% = $4.04million Same except 4% = $5.53million Cost of the death penalty: $60,000 per year for six

  1. Dead man walking - Film analysis

    Poncelet, at first, didn't want to let Helen know anything about his part in the murders. All he said about it was 'I didn't kill nobody', and blames everything on Carl. Also, he seems very tense around her, possibly because she was the only women he had seen, and was

  2. Capital Punishment, is it an effective or ineffective deterrent?

    with the writings of Montesquieu8 and Voltaire,9 as well as Cesare Beccaria10 In his mid twenties Beccaria became close friends with Pietro11 and Alessandro Verri12, two brothers who formed an intellectual circle called "the academy of fists" which focused on reforming the criminal justice system.

  1. Free essay

    Dead man walking

    At first he was complaining about how his mother cried all the time but at the end he understood her and loved her dearly. Last but not least, the nun states to Helen that they still loved her no matter what, the nun says, "Helen, we still love you."

  2. "Society in 2005 wants to re-introduce the death penalty in prisons

    be a punishment for and how many people participating in this survey agree with this.

  1. Were Morant and Handcock murderers or 'scapegoats of the empire'?

    a bully totally without conscience.'4 Handcock, a self confessing liar still qualifies as a murderer, 'Handcock seems also to have killed a local missionary and even one of his own men.'5 Morant and Handcock were not scapegoats, simply rogues. Morant personified his 'liar' image, claiming to be the son of

  2. The British Penal System

    This is verified by the association publishing findings that measure the differences between reconviction rates of offenders sent to prison and offenders given probation orders over a period of five years. The findings show that almost 20% more people would re-offend if they were sent to prison.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work