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I Am Against the Death Penalty

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    Death Penalty Creates Ghosts

    I do not believe any person has a right to kill another except in self-defense.  I believe that executing people causes souls that, having lived in fear and terror and anger and rage before their death, cause them to often become earthbound.  Being earthbound, they have...
    FlowersNButterflies FlowersNButterflies 51-55, F 12 Responses Jul 14, 2010

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    Asians Really Only Care About Their Own Families, Nothing More

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE5UCqpmZag
    trilo2 trilo2 18-21, M Sep 15, 2013

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    Please Save Linda Carty - British Grandmother Facing Execution In Texas

    I’m appalled by the tragic story of Linda Carty, which recently featured on British TV recently. As summarised in the Guardian newspaper, she is a British citizen born in the West Indies and sent to death row in Texas in 2002. She's due to be executed for her involvement in the...
    Hypericum Hypericum 56-60, M 39 Responses Dec 3, 2011

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    I am not against bad people

    who hurt others being punished. People can be very evil and a threat to society. Do I think they deserve to die ? That isn't for me to decide. I would be just as bad as any other killer. That is my personal belief. I don't want to be the one who is in agreement with anyone's...
    lake1107 lake1107 31-35, F 1 Response Nov 24

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    What A Country

    if you kill someone we will kill you back....what a country
    devilmademedoit devilmademedoit 26-30 2 Responses Dec 7, 2009

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    Capital Punishment Is a Capital Crime

    I believe that it is a good thing that we've (Uk) stopped using the death penalty. I feel it is an awful thing and, should you get the wrong person, you'd be in a difficult position for killing an innocent person. I feel that we did the right thing to get rid of capital...
    Luangi Luangi 18-21, F 8 Responses Oct 28, 2007

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    The death penalty is semi vulgar.

    I say depending on the extremity of the crime like a serial rapist/killer yeah death penalty. But for the dumbest things like murder in the second degree or even murder in the first degree or larceny etc. I say prison time. Basically when it deals with more than 4 people being...
    cittykatluv cittykatluv 18-21, F 1 Response Oct 2

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    Death

    I can see him standing right there callin me. The devil sanding there laughing at me.
    Bassfisher67 Bassfisher67 16-17, F 3 Responses Oct 13, 2013

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    A Part Of The Problem

    We have seen a troubling number of cases across the US in the last few years in which a person sentenced to death was, in fact, innocent of the crime for which they were sentenced. There is good reason to believe that at least several innocent people have been executed. While...
    HStoner HStoner 51-55, M 8 Responses Jun 5, 2012

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    Oldie But A Goodie

    I have never heard a convincing , rational argument for state sanctioned murder . If anyone has one please share .Also those for the death penalty , why do you not condemn soldiers who murder innocents . Why are murderers in uniforms okay but not civilian murderers ?
    Smackhead Smackhead 70+, F 1 Response May 21, 2013

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    Not Too Sure What to a Say...

    i am opposed to the death penalty. i just dont think that killing someone who killed is a wise way to teach people killing is wrong. thats kind of like hitting your kid who hits to teach them that hitting is wrong. i do, however, believe in an eye for an eye. i do feel...
    antiyou antiyou 26-30, F 83 Responses Sep 20, 2007

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    Eye For An Eye.

    I don't think the concept of eye for an eye is an effective grounds for punishment, especially iif we want to call ourselves a 'civilized' society. If a thief steals $1,000 do we just deduct that amount from his bank account? Surely that punishment isn't sufficient. Do...
    deleted deleted 26-30 30 Responses Feb 11, 2008

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    Bjork: The 107 Steps

    Disturbing.
    berangere berangere 66-70, F 11 Responses Oct 24, 2013

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    Why should we murder a murderer

    when we don't approve of the action in the first place? For every other crime like rape, are you kidding me. It's not worth a/another life. How do you find the humanity in yourself to kill anyone???
    xxXxSkyxXxx xxXxSkyxXxx 18-21, F 5 Responses Aug 22

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    I believe it is unchristian.

    The Old Testament recommended an eye for an eye, but the New Testament is a new covenant of forgiveness. You cannot conceive that our Lord would sanction it (think for example of the woman taken in adultery, who the pharisees wanted to execute) Furthermore there have been...
    Explorer1958 Explorer1958 56-60, M 1 Response Mar 13

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    An Eye For An Eye and the World Goes Blind.

      "But what if it was your loved one killed? What if it was your child raped and murdered?"  This is the most common argument for the death penalty that I hear. My honset answer would be that, hell yes I would be angry! Hell yes I would want blood, I would...
    deleted deleted 26-30 3 Responses Mar 30, 2009

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    Petition To Save A Woman Who Will Be Hung

    Full ViewSave Sakineh From: Alice Jay - Avaaz.org Add to Contacts -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Make sure Avaaz alerts reach your inbox: click "Add to Contacts" to add avaaz@avaaz.org to your address book, and click the "Not...
    bitterdregs bitterdregs 46-50, F 5 Responses Jul 10, 2010

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    No Justification

    It never ceases to amaze me the amount of people who wants to see the death penalty brought back to Countries that abolished it years ago simply because they believe that some offenses deserve death and by so doing would deter others from copying the crimes. The same law that...
    freezywater freezywater 41-45, M 2 Responses Jan 15, 2013

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    Half-@Ssed "Dissertation"

    I could write a longer and more thought-out version of this, but I will save it for when I need to for a class. Aside from the whole hypocrisy of (mis)interpreting the Bible to suit your worldview (as is so common as to be ubiquitous), there are many more reasons to oppose state...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Mar 15, 2013

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    Troy Davis And Others...

    It's fairly obvious to anyone familiar with this case that Georgia just executed an innocent man tonight.I'm against the death penalty, period. But to have a man killed amidst such serious doubt... It sickens me, truly.And you have nutjob conservatives cheering Rick Perry for...
    VendettA12 VendettA12 33, M 6 Responses Sep 22, 2011

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    A Gift From The God

    I think the death penalty is a try of fighting against the God. Most of us, is involved in some religious groups. I definitely think most of us are believers. I do not insert in how we believe and how do we understand meaning of a religion and a faith, but avoiding of killing of...
    michalmos michalmos 31-35, M 4 Responses Jan 29, 2013

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    I Strongly Oppose Capital Punishment Because ...

    EP apparently has a feature called "Asker" that submits questions by members for community feedback. One question asks if members support or oppose capital punishment - the death penalty. I condensed my answer as compactly as I could for the forum that I presume prefers short...
    cmmacneil cmmacneil 51-55, M Jul 10, 2012

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    Yeah way too easy. "Blood Eagle" far more

    effective. It was performed by cutting the skin of the victim by the spine, breaking the ribs so they resembled blood-stained wings, and pulling the lungs out through the wounds in the victim's back. Salt was sprinkled in the wounds.
    RagnarLodbrok RagnarLodbrok 41-45, M 1 Response Sep 10

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    It's absolutely pointless.

    It's just an easy escape from punishment. They should just give them perpetual.
    c4mila c4mila 13-15, F Jan 28

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    The Science Speaks For Itself

    i am a student of the philosophical sciences and we discussed this same issue in my Logic class. Morally i don't really have an opinion on this; of all the things i am concerned with at the moment, this is not very high on the list. What does bother my very much about the death...
    SinnersMuse SinnersMuse 18-21, F 8 Responses Sep 21, 2011

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    A Play About The Problems With The Death Penalty And Wrongful Conviction

    I've written a play called "Outrageous Fortune" which is inspired by several true stories of people being caught in the claws of our faulty justice system. This play helps spread the message that wrongful conviction is a HUGE problem in our country that has to stop! And, as a...
    ThePamQuinn ThePamQuinn 26-30, F Aug 28, 2013

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    WHAT Would Jesus Do?

    An Army chaplain, who was also a Special Forces officer before he "saw the light", explained it to me like this: "Remember when they tacked Jesus up on that cross?  Who was on either side of him, also being crucified that day?" Two criminals...
    sturmbringener sturmbringener 46-50, M 11 Responses Oct 23, 2007

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    I Am Againist But Not For People Like...

    Femitheist who advocates total extinction of men.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Jun 6, 2013

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    You Don't Have the Right

    As normal people don't have the right to kill other people (as we don't live in anarchy...), no judge should be able to give the death penalty. You did not give that person life, so you don't have the right to take it back (don't view this as something religious). No one, and I...
    whatsername whatsername 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 23, 2007

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    How does any Christian defend the death penalty?

    We are told in scripture that if we do not forgive then we will not be forgiven. We are also to love and pray for our enemies. Loving our enemies and killing them simply cannot be reconciled.
    sailnude sailnude 41-45, F 5 Responses Sep 21

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    Live in Australia...no

    such thing as 'the death penalty'.....personal belief....death penalty in place to stop offenders....more so a vengeful tactic...'you've done this-so you deserve to die'.....sorry...just too much hate.....which I don't believe in...
    cherryjar cherryjar 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 20

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    It Doesn't Make Sense

    The death penalty hasn't been proven to deter crime... and criminal cases in which a death penalty is pursued take longer to investigate and cost more money... money which can go to programs and funds that actually are PROVEN to reduce crime... It's wrong to kill people, no...
    paperalias paperalias 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 21, 2008

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    Death Is Too Good.

    Now, when I say that I'm against the death penalty, I'm not saying it because I'm a do-gooder, but because I think killing some of these bastards is too good for them. Making them spend the rest of their life in prison is the best punishment for them I think.
    CreedenceGold CreedenceGold 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 20, 2012

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    Innocent People Would Certainly Be Hanged

    I think the whole thing about state sponsored killing is just gross. But worse than that is the number of innocent people who would be wrongfully hanged. A few years ago there was a spate of high profile releases of people who were serving life sentences for terrorist offenses...
    carolyn25 carolyn25 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 7, 2013

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    For Three Reasons Only.

    The first being that there have been far too many innocent people killed.The second being that death is the 'easy way out' for the convict. Purging a life sentence behind bars is far more of a punishment than a few weeks or months on death row.The third reason is that...
    jimmyrudyjump jimmyrudyjump 51-55, M 14 Responses Mar 4, 2011

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    I use to support the death penalty,

    until I realised that sentencing someone to death is not really a punishment. Death is a part of life. We are all bound to die anyway. Then how is sentencing someone to take part in a natural process of life a punishment? It would be like sentencing some one to drink water...
    kalila37 kalila37 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 9

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    Réflexions Sur La Guillotine

    I read this last year and wow. The most persuasive and logical argument I have ever heard on the subject. I read it in the book "Resistance, Rebellion, and Death" From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reflections_on_the_guillotine : Reflections on the Guillotine...
    deleted deleted 26-30 6 Responses Jan 9, 2008

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    Death Penalty, its the easy way out from

    criminals. Think, would you rather sit in jail the rest of your life, be abused, and neglected. Or be dead. Most people would choose to be dead. Also, its just wrong! It says so in the constitution. So why are we still doing it? Why do some rapists get death penalty, not all...
    MaddyAlexis MaddyAlexis 16-17, F 8 Responses Jul 25

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    It's Not Cruel Enough

    Ever noticed that so called "Right To Life-ers" almost invariably favor the death penalty?  Am I missing something or is this insane?  I guess their reasoning goes - It's fine and dandy to kill a person when a person is a person - but when an entity is...
    ElLagarto ElLagarto 56-60, M 21 Responses Sep 18, 2007

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    A Personal And Potentially Embarrassing Revelation

    I have told almost none of my friends and acquaintances about this (though I plan to, eventually). I have a feeling that if they were told, their jaws would clatter to the floor. I would be quite uncomfortable speaking about it and would bumble, squirm and fumble out of shame and...
    Eeney Eeney 22-25, F Apr 16, 2013

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    Alwaysssss

        The first point is the most obvious: it is simply inhumane to kill some one! What the legal Justice system is trying to do with the death penalty is show that killing people is wrong by killing people who kill people. How on earth does that sound right?  ...
    realitychallenged realitychallenged 16-17, F 3 Responses Jun 15, 2008

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    There have been, and still are,

    SO MANY issues with the death penalty... but I feel like there is ONE case that sums up everything that is wrong with the death penalty. Jesse Tafero. Basically, Tafero was an innocent man who was executed in one of the most horribly botched, painful executions ever. He and...
    Boulier Boulier 18-21, F 6 Responses Feb 9

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    The Death Penalty I believe

    that no one should have the right to take the life of another human being. But, without anything better offered or help offered to the victims' family, then most people feel that the death penalty is the only answer. We need to help the mentally ill by providing healthcare, as...
    insanepoet84 insanepoet84 26-30, F 3 Responses Dec 7, 2013

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    I used to be for the death penalty

    until I did a project on it in one of my courses in college. I found out that we actually lay off cops in order to accumulate the money needed for someone on death row. It's actually cheaper to put someone in jail for life, without the option of parole, then to sentence them to...
    lunalight21 lunalight21 18-21, F 3 Responses Aug 12

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    The-Riddle Riddle

    If murderer is one who kills... How would you call one who kills the murderer?
    NemesisVs NemesisVs 31-35, F 5 Responses May 8, 2013

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    Not In Concept, But In Practice

    As much as I would love to see all child and animal abusers dead, the fact is that in practice the death penalty is overwhelmingly applied to offenders of color for their crimes against white victims. If we are to implement the death penalty in real life it would have be done in...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F Aug 10, 2013

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    I don't agree with this at all I've had a

    member of my family murdered and I still wouldn't want the guilty party sentenced to death I think he should be made to suffer like the act he inflicted
    woodyemma2013 woodyemma2013 31-35, F Jan 29

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    To Take a Life Is Wrong.....period.

    The world is filled with people who say they believe in heaven and hell, God, Jesus, the almighty. Yet the same people who claim to believe in the afterlife never take into consideration what they do on Earth has a direct affect on how your soul survives in the afterlife. I find...
    beautybee beautybee 46-50, F 17 Responses Oct 7, 2007

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    The Death Penalty Is A Miscarriage Of Justice: It Should Be Abolished

    "The reality is that capital punishment in America is a lottery. It is a punishment that is shaped by the constraints of poverty, race, geography and local politics." ~ Bryan Stevenson, death row lawyer"Imposition of the death penalty is arbitrary and capricious. The decision...
    kayaker712 kayaker712 61-65, M 3 Responses Aug 27, 2011

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    I Can See How You Want To Be Against It But...

    each murderer is different. Some would love the death penalty others fear it. When need every avenue to deter crime from happening in the first place.
    reb38 reb38 22-25, M 1 Response Jun 7, 2013

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    Sure Am..

     We don't have it in this country any more and I'm glad. there is always a slight chance a person is innocent. What if you kill someone then realize they were telling the truth about their innocent you can't bring them back and say oops sorry we made a mistake can you..? and...
    LunaWolff LunaWolff 18-21, F 1 Response Aug 9, 2009

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