In Answer to a Friend Regarding the Death Penalty

My friend is from a different country, a different culture and i would say from a different religion, except as an atheist i am only culturally a Christian.

She opposed the death penalty in many cases, but thought it was a good penalty for those who brutally raped or killed in cold blood.

my answer:

not for anything, mass murder of small children. would i kill a rapist or a murderer who murdered one of my friends or family? sure. but the reason we have civil society is to mete out justice, not revenge, and to kill a person who is in custody and can do no harm is not justice, it is murder, and when our societies murder someone, all members of that society become murderers, so if we are to kill all murderers, we would need to kill all humans.

while i welcome your comment and opinion, know i am not to be persuaded by example or anger, and no, i am not trying to straddle the fence, i am not even concerned with the likelihood that we convict people unfairly and unevenly. that is certainly true, but i am speaking of the ones there is no doubt, with witnesses and confession and dna evidence. to kill another human, when there is no need is murder. no exceptions.


About anthonyuplandpoetwatkins born in Jackson, The United States August 04, 1959 gender male website genre Poetry, Historical Fiction influences James M. Lancaster, Brenda Black White, Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, and Al Filreis member since March 2011 About this author edit data As one of the most public lives ever lived by a private citizen, there is little about me that isn't already available at Facebook or Shelfari and countless other places. Poet, writer, construction worker, salesman, truck driver, climber into the attics of total strangers, father and husband, and all around one of the luckiest men on the planet. My luck continued with a win in the June Goodreads Newsletter Contest! What an honor! http://anthonyuplandpoetwatkins.wordp... Additional Influences: Bob Dylan, William Faulkner, Barbara Kingsolver, Gloria Naylor, Eudora Welty
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One Response to In Answer to a Friend Regarding the Death Penalty

  1. Purvika says:

    So true, if the convicted is given punishment and either can never come out of jail or does have a change of heart then I think, is not entitled for death penalty but those who easily escape and repeat it does need serious repercussion.

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