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Civilized nations have abandoned state murder.
Hopefully the United States will join the ranks
of the civilized nations of the world.
Death Penalty – Two little words that mean
the legal act of committing murder.
The only time
killing is “justified”
is as a last resort
in direct self-defense.
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More on the Death Penalty, Judicial Homicide, and Killing both Innocent and Guilty Prisoners…
On Killing prisoners:
Killing prisoners is morally
unacceptable. Killing in
time of war is “justified”
according to the threat
presented by an enemy
combatant. Killing an
enemy in combat may
be “justified” on a similar
basis as for killing in
self-defense outside of war.
A prisoner no longer presents a
threat used to justify killing in war.
Killing prisoners is murder, pure and simple.
It is immoral. It was Hitler’s most heinous crime.
What some have said about judicial homicide:
It is severely discriminatory
against minorities, especially
since they’re given no competent
legal counsel defense in many cases.
It’s a system that has to be perfect.
You cannot execute one innocent
person. No system is perfect.
And to top it off, for those of you
who are interested in economics,
it costs more to pursue a capital
case toward execution than it
does to have full life imprisonment
Ralph Nader Meet the Press interview, Jun. 25, 2000
We need to kill the death penalty, not people.
The death penalty is racist and has been applied in
racially-discriminatory ways. African American men are disproportionately sentenced to death. Prosecutors, juries, and judges are much more likely to apply the death penalty when the victim
is white and the defendant is black.
Race is a “potent influence” at every step in the criminal (in) justice system,
including search, arrest, indictment, trial, conviction, sentence, and execution.
The death penalty is inhumane. Killing people makes us like the murderers who most of us so despise. It is not only about what capital punishment does to those killed, but also what it does to those who do the killing and those in whose name the killing is done. It’s bad enough that we are victimized
by crime in our society; we don’t need to be further victimized by by becoming perpetrators and enacting the death penalty and then
living with the unfortunate consequences.
10) Social Change.
The tide is turning against the death penalty. Increasingly, countries and states are banning the death penalty; drug companies are refusing to allow their products to be used for capital punishment; the U.S. is executing fewer people; and public support for the death penalty is waning.
Decreased crime rates, changes in sentencing guidelines, diminishing support, and demographics (the young and people of color are much less likely to support the death penalty) are all leading toward less capital punishment and its ultimate abolition.
There are also personal, political, religious, and spiritual reasons to oppose capital punishment. The sooner we kill the death penalty, the better it’ll be.
Let’s not wait any longer.