Wondering1 wrote:This execution - any execution - is horrific and barbaric. I only hope state by state, the American system can be reformed.
I agree. I was uplifted to hear from Stil earlier that 16 states and DC have abolished the death penalty. That is the only way. We tried it before by Supreme Court fiat, and they overturned themselves.
Here in Ohio, we have one of the highest tolls (third in the nation, I believe). It's sickening.
Wondering1 wrote:There can be no soothing of the anger and wounds in the hearts and souls of families of victims of terrible crimes except for justice being done. State sponsored murder as punishment cannot really be said to deter these crimes nor is it a civilized or moral way to appease the burning grief of victims' families- it would only eventually lead to more complex grief in the souls of those who wanted another to die in revenge and felt somehow pleased by it. It's very sad.
One of the most idiotic statements made by Ann Coulter was to imply that swiftly-applied, the death penalty would be more of a deterrent. Two problems here: 1) No one has demonstrated this fact (in fact, it's highly debatable). 2) Swiftly-applied death penalty would require few or no safeguards, and even more innocent people would be put to death.
"Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord." Christianity, unfortunately for the loudmouth Tea Partiers, doesn't support vengeance as a goal of the justice system.
When will we outgrow the old Vikings' practice of weregild?http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beowulf#In ... _criticism
This society was strongly defined in terms of kinship; if someone was killed, it was the duty of surviving kin to exact revenge either with their own lives or through weregild, a payment of reparation.
Since I was a child, I've opposed the death penalty. Of course, I have never had a family member murdered. I hope that wouldn't change my opinion, but you never know.