The Capital Punishment

             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 Christians. I see an awful lot about redemption and forgiveness."(Death Penalty Quotes, 1.) Although laws governing the application of the death penalty have undergone many changes since biblical times, the punishment still endures.

             Prisons let the murderer compensate to the victims' family. It's also evident, a person can do more alive, than dead. That's all too true. Prisons also cost less money anyway. Each execution costs the state at least two million dollars, and that's per case. On the other hand to have a person in jail for fifty years would only cost one million dollars. Anyone can do the math and see life in prison is more humane and least expensive.

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