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Even though the Bible states one should turn the other cheek, it also states punishment should be "An eye for an eye," and "A tooth for a tooth." Capital punishment has been around since the beginning of time, and it will probably be around until the end. The Supreme Court ruled the death penalty unconstitutional under the eighth and fourteenth amendments in 1972. It was said to be capricious and arbitrary, but it was reinstated in 1976. The death penalty is not a reasonable punishment for murder. The death penalty should be abolished.
The death penalty is somewhat supported in the Bible, but it is also somewhat opposed in the Bible too. Everybody has heard the commandment, "Thou shall not kill." Point blank God said killing is not prohibited in any way, shape, or form. In Biblical times the punishment for any crime was automatically death. Society has long since left behind the archaic and barbarous customs from the cruel eye for an eye era. The death penalty has always been a religious punishment and is reconcilable with humanism, but that doesn't condone it. Quote from James Park a former execution officer, "As I read the New Testament, I don't see anywhere in there that killing bad people is a very high calling for Chris
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