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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 25 2011: Ok I lose, you win. The death penalty is completely unjustifiable. Perhaps as an alternative we should just simply ask criminals what they think their penalties should be! Problem solved.
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      Jul 25 2011: QUOTE: "Ok I lose, you win. The death penalty is completely unjustifiable. Perhaps as an alternative we should just simply ask criminals what they think their penalties should be! Problem solved."


      Hmmmm ... something tells me there is a slight chance that just maybe you are not being completely and totally sincere.

      It's just a hunch, mind you, but I like to think I am sensitive that way and can pick up on the subtle nuance and hidden messages that lie just below the surface.

      Actually, there might be some validity to your suggestion that we "ask criminals what they think their penalties should be!"

      I am not an expert on any country's legal system but, I think if you check, you will find that there is something along these lines employed in the Japanese system and it is, apparently, quite effective.

      (BTW, they do have the death penalty too)

      And, if you learned something, and I learned something (and I did) then I would see our exchange more as a win/win.

      As I say, my intention was not to change your mind. Only you can do that - and I suspect that you didn't. My intention is to share my view, hear yours, and see what happens. We do not have to agree with one another's points of view to understand one another.

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