A. Attention Getter: Thou shall not kill, only one of the ten commandments that some individuals unfortunately can not seem to uphold. What would the world look like if we did not have an “eye for an eye” mentality? The debate about whether or not capital punishment is ethical or immoral is significant because our country is spending unnecessary amounts on death penalty executions, in which citizens do not know enough about the subject matter to disagree or protest its use. While tax payers are paying for this procedure, the death penalty poses many moral insurrections.
B. Introduce Topic: Since you all have been informed about the gruesomeness of the death penalty, I am ...view middle of the document...
Although there is no clear mandate in the Bible either for or against capital punishment, capital punishment is still unethical. The old testament prescribed the death penalty for what can be considered as capital or minor crimes in today's society. However, the ceremonial and legal aspects of capital punishment do not apply, but the moral teachings of the new testament laws still apply.
C. Support- The Holy Bible teaches forgiveness and repentance, however the bible does not say anything about getting revenge. For example in Romans 12:19, “do not take revenge my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written, it is mine to avenge, I will repay” says the Lord.
Overall the general teachings of Jesus and his disciples opposes any kind of revenge , but there is no specific repudiation/ teaching against capital punishment.
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A. Topic Sentence – The death penalty is immoral and has not been proven fair.
B. Evidence - African Americans receive harsher legal punishments when they commit a capital crime, but often their lives are not given enough value, or any at all when they are the victims. According to the Death Penalty...