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You have not right to TELL a Christian what they should believe. You don't like to be told what to believe, so at least practice what you preach.

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People do not think about death vs. life in prison when they kill, if they think at all - all they think about is getting caught vs. not getting caught. Neither is a more effective deterrent than the other. Again, revenge is the only motivation here, and didn't Jesus say to turn the other cheek? If you are a Christian, you HAVE to be against the death penalty, as only God should control life or death.

I'm not a religious person, so I approach it from the angle that our judicial system is too screwed up to be entrusted with this kind of decision. Want to make prison tougher? Sure, why not. Streamline and eliminate a lot of the parole and early release programs? OK, as long as we are willing to pay for the extra prison cells, courts, etc. But state sanctioned murder is just simply wrong; most of the civilized world understands and accepts this idea, but we still have too much of a cowboy mentality to grasp this fully.

part of the problem though...people don't fear the repercussions. I realize alot of people morder when they are in an altered state of mind due to drugs, alcohol, extreme anger etc etc etc, but somehow there needs to be more emphasis on the punishment. No different than drinking and driving...people are pretty much aware of the outcomes, but still do it. You have me on the religious argument for sure, I have no answer for that...but if someone were to murder my wife or one of my daughters, I'd be willing to throw the switch, inject the serum and take my chances with the Man!

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Maybe I'm not clear enough on that point - when people murder in an unpremeditated fashion, reprecussions never enter their mind. When premeditation is going on, the reprecussions are clear, but people either feel they will be too smart to get caught, or simply that the reward is worth the risk - life in prison vs. death is not really that much of a step up in risk at that point, if you are willing to consider murder in the first place.

And HTar, I may not have the "right" but there is no doubt that the Christian religion teaches pacifism and forgiveness (even moreso) as it's central tenets. If you have a problem with that, maybe it's time to examine your interpretation of Christianity. Just because I am not a Christian does not mean I have not studied it - and if fact, it may be easier to view objectively when not immersed in the minutae of it on a daily basis.

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