Dingbatter 2 wrote:boney fingers wrote:Dingbatter 2 wrote:In it's pure form, the death penalty is not and never has been a deterrent but a punishment. You murder someone, you get murdered back. The problem is that the punishment is not swift so there really is no punishment. Most death row inmates may as well have life imprisonment.
Christians have been killing each other and everyone else since the beginning of their religion, as have most other religions. We go to war and pray for our troops to kill the other guy, his family, friends, children, every living thing associated with him because he is "evil". Christians think Muslims are evil, Muslims think Christians are evil. Protestants think Catholics are evil, Catholics think Protestants are evil. Sunni's think Shiites are evil while Shiites think Sunni's are evil. The same old story. Religion by and large is rooted in ignorance, fear, and death. All religious faiths have a closet full of bloody skeletons. The death penalty is one.
I try to keep things simple. To me there are human beings and there are Homo sapiens. To be a human being is not a right but a privilege. You must live and work in the society that you are a member of, and abide by the customs of that society to be a human being. Once you step across that line, and you slaughter innocents then you are no longer a human being, but a Homo sapien , a savage, an animal, and you should be treated like one. Not abused or tortured, but dealt with just like we would deal with any animal. Either put them down or put them in a cage. As for death row and the death penalty, I really doubt there are many in there that had a spotless record before they killed someone. Death row by and large is full of Homo sapiens and not human beings.
The irony of it all, is that without religion, then there is no right or wrong. Without a higher power, the concept of right and wrong is meaningless.
Religion has been around since we left the cave and we still can't figure out what is right or wrong. I think it has gotten worse. Right now two of the worlds greatest religions are facing off and getting ready for a war that most likely will send us back to the cave, that is if we are lucky to have a cave to go back too. This may be shaping up to be a "death penalty" on steriods!
The difference is religious people feel there is a consequence if they are incorrect about right and wrong; the non religious don't have that over them. This is the reason humanity as a whole has been lifted by religion, Christianity in particular.