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The death penalty is unjustifiable

Over the past decades, the death penalty was abolished in most civilized countries. This has had no effect on murder rates (on the contrary, they keep dropping). Only some primitive societies still use that most heinous of crimes, which is the death penalty: barbaric states like those of Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan or China. They still hang, cut off heads, poison, shoot or butcher convicts. What's bizarre is that the U.S. is amongst those countries.

There is no justification for the death penalty. The death penalty is murder, plain and simple.

-There is no moral justification for murdering a murderer (if you think there is, please state which one).
-There is no legal justification for murdering a murderer (if you think there is, please state which one).
-There is no social justification for murdering a murderer (if you think there is, please state which one).
-There is no religious justification for murdering a murderer (if you think there is, please state which one).

Like all civilized countries, the U.S. should abolish the death penalty and get along with the age of Enlightenment.

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  • Jul 22 2011: I am afraid that I have to disagree with you. First, "barbaric states"is a very discriminatory saying.I have to address that there is no brutal, savage nation in this world. Different countries have different domestic circumstances and conditions, you just cannot point fingers to the domestic affairsof other nations, even if you're an American. Second, I insist that there should be death penalty in countries where the legal system is not fully operated. Justice cannot be done without it.
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      Jul 22 2011: QUOTE: "Justice cannot be done without it."

      What is this "justice" you speak of?

      You "insist" there be the death penalty?

      What if I defined "justice" in such a way that for it to be realized you would have to be executed?

      What if I insisted on the death penalty?

      "Oh," you say, "I have not agreed to the value system by which you measure justice. And, just who are you to insist on the death penalty (particularly now that it will affect me personally?)"

      "Oh," and you say, "that is silly because the values 'I' use to insist on the death penalty make sense ... 'everybody' can see that; the values 'you' base your evaluation on are arbitrary and not universally held (and, I might point out, they affect me personally.)"

      "Oh," I say, "too bad, my values trump yours and off with your head."

      Or something like that.

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