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Capital Punishment: A Personal Point Of View

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Capital Punishment: Argumentation Essay

     The death penalty is a controversial issue to discuss. There are some who believe that the crime should fit the punishment. There are also many people who oppose the death penalty. They believe that life imprisonment without the possibility of parole is a just punishment. I am strongly opposed to the death penalty for many different reasons both moral and ethical.
     My strongest reason for opposing the death penalty is a moral one. In the Bible, the first commandment clearly states, ¡°thou shall not kill.¡± The commandment does not have any exceptions to the rule and should be followed. Killing someone for a harsh crime such as murder or rape, is just as bad a crime as the original act of murder. I strongly believe that only God can decide when it is the appropriate time for someone to leave this earth, not a court, judge, or a jury. We do not have the right to judge anyone else¡¯s actions because we are not perfect either. God looks at us as all equals with no one man better than the other. So how could we as a society strip God of his power and decide the fate of a man. God is forgiving. God forgives any person who asks for forgiveness, no matter what the sin was. If God the Almighty can be so forgiving why can¡¯t society do the same. There are many arguments in the Bible that do support the death penalty. For instance, Genesis 9:6 states: ¡°Whosoever sheds man¡¯s blood, by man shall his blood be shed,¡± and ¡°Let the punishment fit the crime¡± is its secular counterpart. Both maxims simply imply that murderers deserve to die.
We, as a society, are not perfect. Many innocent people are falsely accused of crimes they did not commit. Many people make mistakes. In a capital punishment, case there is and should never be any room for mistakes because someone¡¯s life is at risk. A twenty-three year long study released on June 12, 2000 states that two- thirds of all capital punishment cases did contain flaws. Flaws so serious as to warrant a retrial. The study also renewed calls for review, or total abolition of the death penalty, which is on a state-by-state basis. The study also stated that cases returned for mew trials that only seven percent were...

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