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Capital Punishment: Is it Just or does it fit the crime?

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Being a Roman Catholic and a Conservative I am torn.  In the eyes of the church, capital punishment is considered murder in the eyes of God.  As a Conservative, it is seen as a punishment similar to the Code of Hammurabi: “an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.”  In this case it was a life for a life.  In MANCHESTER, N.H. a judge issued New Hampshire’s first death sentence in nearly 50 years to a man who gunned down a police officer in 2006 and refused to look his victim’s relatives in the eye as they addressed him in court Monday.  According to the article written on foxnews.com on December 22nd,  Addison, a former Boston gang member with a long criminal record, would not look at Maryann Briggs, the mother of the officer, even when Judge Kathleen McGuire told him to. 

“Your name will never be uttered from my lips again,” Maryann Briggs, told Addison, 28.

“You and only you are to blame for the sentence you received. I will not look back and feel anything for you except justice was done,” she said.

Now we have to ask ourselves does the punishment fit the crime?  Should this man, who clearly has lived a life of violence, deserve to die?  Is it our choice to decide between life and death, or do we leave up to God?


Written by metfan2000

December 23, 2008 at 12:39 am

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  1. I am from Malaysia. Capital punishment is practiced in Malaysia. Death for causing death seems to be a small matter because we in Malaysia set a mandotary death sentence for those who deal with drugs.

    Death for death is accepted as long as it is clearly proven in the court of law and the accused is non-sympathetic towards the victims and the victims relations/friends.

    However I also believe that, the reason behind causing death must be studied well and addressed together….don’t ask me how….!


    December 23, 2008 at 11:18 am

  2. This dreg should have been put to death yesterday! As far as religion and capital punishment goes-I think God allows us to design the punishment that fits the crime and God will have the ultimate say on the final punishment. It is our job to get the dreg’s to God as fast as possible.

    Casey BrownMyers

    December 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm

  3. People make choices, when they murder someone they must face the court. I have no problem with the death penalty, as long as enough evidence proves that the person is guilty. It is not about revenge, it is about justice.

    Exodus 21:12 He who strikes a man so that he dies shall surely be put to death.


    December 25, 2008 at 11:49 am

  4. For years I kicked the question of capital punishment back and forth, unable to make a decision. I have finally come down on the side against it for only one reason. As a Christian, I believe ANYONE can be forgiven for ANYTHING by God. If the accused spends the rest of their life in prison without the possibility of parole, they will have the opportunity (however small) to realize the significance of their crime and repent. As hard as it is for those of us who were hurt by the criminal to forgive him, only God knows whether they have truly repented and deserve His redeeming grace. Only God will pronounce the ultimate judgement and death sentence as He deems fit. Our prisons should not be country clubs where the prisoners have health club style workout equipment, conjugal visits and cable tv. If they want to exercise, they can do sit-ups, push-ups and jumping jacks in their cells. There should be NO fraternization between prisoners. Many criminals commit new crimes as soon as they are released because they feel more comfortable in prison with their friends and all their basic needs taken care of. Prison should be a very austere, monastic style of living. Too many criminals use prison as an institution of higher education where they are taught more and better ways of continuing their lives of crime. Having no death penalty would also solve the ethical dilemma of the occasional erroneous conviction of an innocent person.


    December 26, 2008 at 4:02 am

  5. Пора переименовать блог, присвоив название связанное с доменами 🙂 может хватит про них?


    May 21, 2009 at 10:53 pm

  6. Отлично написано! Буду много думать…


    May 23, 2009 at 7:56 pm

  7. Помнится, кто-то выкладывал фотки…


    May 24, 2009 at 5:24 pm

  8. Согласен, что пост получился удачным. Хорошая работа!


    May 26, 2009 at 6:46 am

  9. A really thought-provoking article, and a tough issue. I have to say, the bible clearly COMMANDS capital punishment. In fact, it warns about societies that allow these types of people to live. I know you said you are Catholic (my husband used to be Catholic so I am familiar with this argument, we’ve had it many times), so I understand your struggle with this issue. I look at it this way, when my church and the Bible are at odds with one another, I choose the Bible.

    The augur

    July 9, 2009 at 1:06 pm

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