Capital Punishment; The Death Penalty Handbook describes Christianity's role in the debate, supplies historical info and touches upon clashing arguments. Eye essays and developments. MENU capital punishment; THE DEATH PENALTY Part 1 Early Christian views; Death penalty data; U.S. by Ontario Consultants on religious Tolerance. Originally published 1995JUN-8 http://www.religioustolerance.org/execute.htm
Extractions: MENU: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT; THE DEATH PENALTY Click Here to Visit our Sponsors. Quotations: " Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years with time off for good behavior? " NY State Senator James Donovan, speaking in support of capital punishment. " He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. " Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) condemning a public execution of a woman for adultery. John 8:7, (NKJ) " Sometimes you just have the thin the herd. " Dennis Miller " Does it make sense for the state to hire murderers to kill defenseless victims on death row, in order to prove that hiring murderers to kill defenseless victims is morally wrong ? Anon. " There are plenty of innocent people being killed by those on parole...The only cure for this kind of "sickness" is death. I know I may sound hard and cruel- but I for one, have had enough! " Posting to a feedback forum, Detroit News, 1999-MAR-2 "
The Death Penalty Debate Group of US Bishops expressed their stance in 1980 against killing as a penalty, covering Christian values, inherent problems and its purposes. capital punishment involves both "profound legal and political questions as well as 'important moral and religious Christians form their views on this difficult http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/just/death/debate.html
Extractions: Introducing the Debate provides a number of resources which present both sides of the death penalty debate in the U.S. Views of law enforcement officers , as shown in a national poll of police executives and a resolution from a national police organization, are split on the death penalty. A selection of resources indicating positions on the death penalty from a religious perspective include links to biblical citations and statements of officials, organizations, and individual adherents of different religious traditions, including Roman Catholicism, Protestantism, and Islam. The debate on capital punishment embraces many more specific issues, such as cost, inequities in the justice system, etc.; resources giving arguments on specific points are included on the Specific Issues page.
Extractions: Articles Books ... About This Page Among Christians there is a range of opinions regarding the death penalty. Some Christians support the death penalty because it was instituted in the Old Testament. They claim that Romans 13:1-5 demonstrates modern governments can still apply the death penalty. However, most concede it is not now used for all situations in which the Old Testament prescribes it (including, for example, adultery, and consistenly disobedient children ) Remember, the New Testament says that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it.
Extractions: Whatever the rest of the Western world might think, Americans support the death penalty. It is permitted in 38 of the 50 states, its practice is widespread and surveys regularly show that most people approve of its use. Opponents get a good hearing overseas, particularly in countries such as Australia, where capital punishment has been abolished, but they have few victories at home. That changed this week, when the Supreme Court handed down a decision that, perhaps temporarily, saved the lives of about 800 of the 3701 people on death row. The court ruled that judges alone could not impose the death penalty. It had to be left to juries. All of those sentenced to death by judges must now face a jury, and that cannot happen until the court's decision is reflected in legislation, a process that will take years, possibly decades.
Extractions: Help with search Religion and the Death penalty Christian Views and organisations Alternatives to Capital Punishment Religious Tolerance Catholic Bishops of Texas paper in the Houston Catholic Worker newspaper Catholics Against the Death Penalty A national advocacy organization working for the abolition of the death penalty in the U.S. Christian Science Monitor Why texas is the Execution capital Church of the Brethren Statement from the 1987 Annual Conference Clergy Coalition to End Executions Mission statement and links Conference of Major Superiors of Men resolution to expand effort opposing death penalty in August 12th 2000 assembly Iowa Catholic Bishop's Statement on the Death Penalty February 4th 1998 Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod the official stance of the Missouri Synod on the death penalty Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod report on capital punishment - August 1980 National Conference of Catholic Bishops Opposition to the Death Penalty Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance The Death Penalty - Capital Punishment in North America PaxChristi USA - National Catholic Peace Movement statement by Pax Christi USA regarding the death penalty - April 17th 2000 Presbyterian Church USA history of the Presbyterian church and it opposition to the death penalty Religious Conservatives and the Death Penalty
Extractions: Then recently Robertson, who heads the Christian Coalition, spoke out even more forcefully against capital punishment, to the surprise and delight of some death penalty opponents. During a program on clemency in New York in February, Robertson said that, while he still believed capital punishment should be used for unreformed "vicious killers," he favored allowances for mercy for those who have had "a genuine change of heart."
Cardinal Kim Urges Quick Abolition Of Capital Punishment - Religious Cults And S Subtitled Arguments for Life and Death, this report introduces both sides and produces and explains data from its study. Lists references. Despite capital punishment having been abolished in Canada 20 years above, in influencing individuals' views on the death penalty. http://search.gospelcom.net/apologeticsindex/news1/an011115-20.html
Extractions: Kim, the country's top Roman Catholic leader, asked Lee to help with the legislation of the special bill, arguing that Korea should be the first Asian nation to abolish the death penalty. A total of 155 lawmakers signed the anti-capital punishment bill, which was sent to the National Assembly on Oct. 30. Speaker Lee said that he personally believes that the death penalty, which could be abused in dealing with political prisoners, should be abolished. The past authoritarian regimes were sometimes accused of using the capital punishment and the anti-communist National Security Law to oppress dissidents.
Extractions: Church of the Brethren STATEMENTS ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT Annual Conference, 1959. We commend current efforts to abolish capital punishment and call upon Brethren everywhere to use their influence and their witness against it. Annual Conference, 1975. (The following statement is part of a much longer paper on "Criminaljustice." It is included in a section of recommendations entitled "Reforming the System.") " . . .Brethren are encouraged to work for the following changes: that the use of capital punishment be abolished." General Board, 1979. The Church of the Brethren General Board views with deep concern and alarm the resumption of the use of capital punishment. We affirm the Church of the Brethren Annual Conference Statements of 1957, 1959, and 1975 which uphold the sanctity of human life and personality, oppose the use of capital punishment, and encourage Brethren to work for the abolition of the death penalty. We encourage Brethren to express their opposition to capital punishment, especially to governors and state legislators in states where capital punishment has been established or is being considered. We deplore the taking of human life, whether by the hand of an individual or through the working of a judicial system. We pray, in the spirit of Jesus Christ who calls us to share his ministry of reconciliation, that our society will turn away from the use of capital punishment.
Lemieux Library - Religion And The Death Penalty Commentary on religious views of the Death Penalty; Commentary on Would JesusPull the Switch? ; John Stuart Mill Speech in Favor of capital punishment. http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/web_archives/deadmanwalking/religion.htm
Extractions: Photo: FreeFoto.com religion vs. the death penalty catholic views protestant views other religious views ... tip of the iceberg "I tell people to go back to the gospel. Look at who Jesus hung out with: lepers, prostitutes, thieves - the throwaways of his day. If we call ourselves Jesus' disciples, we too have to keep ministering to the marginated, the throwaways, the lepers of today. And there are no more marginated, thrown-away, and leprous people in our society than death-row inmates." Helen Prejean What is the general debate surrounding religion and the death penalty? websites books in Lemieux Library Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II Question 64.
Lemieux Library - The Legal Process and religious views on the subject and a useful bibliography of readings. HelenPrejean's official website; Catholics Against capital punishment Includes http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/web_archives/deadmanwalking/law.htm
Extractions: Dead Man Walking Law and Law-Related Resources introduction general information specific issues and organizations tip of the iceberg What are the legal issues behind capital punishment? introduction The legal processes which lead to an execution are, by their nature, complex, expensive, and require a great deal of time. In Washington State, competent attorney representation, evidence gathering, trial through both guilt and sentencing phases, post conviction review, clemency petitioning, and other proceedings can take up to 10 years or more and cost well over $300,000. The use of capital punishment has stimulated no shortage of articles, books and organizations which take one side or the other. Understanding the issues involved requires clear, critical thinking and good research resources. It is with this goal in mind that we offer the following annotated webliography for you to consult while you ponder the great issues raised in Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking general information Non-partisan Cornell's Death Penalty page : Presents a readable and brief overview of death penalty law. Includes references to historic Supreme Court opinions, relevant state and federal statutes, as well as additional sources of information on related capital punishment topics such as juveniles and the mentally ill. Links to pages for advocacy organizations of different stripes are also included.
Capital Punishment Links Catholics Against capital punishment contains texts of past newsletters, US Bishops deathpenalty news and information, articles, religious views, and victims http://users.hsonline.net/beamer/cpun.html
Extractions: FOR MY RESEARCH PAPER CLICK HERE Term paper 1st half.. Term paper 2nd half.. Capital Punishment Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Texas on Capital Punishment ... Abolition-NOW.(Death penalty link) Other Sources of Information on the Death Penalty The Death Penalty Information Center does not endorse any of the organizations listed below nor does it guarantee the accuracy of the information posted at these sites. Similarly, we do not claim that these organizations endorse DPIC. Abolitionist Groups Abolition Now - wide array of death penalty information, including statistics, issues, columns and articles written from death row, and news forum Amnesty International - tracks death penalty internationally, includes statistics and general information, country reports Amensty International-Group 75 - test your knowledge of the death penalty by taking a death penalty quiz, also contains up-to-date information and articles on what's happening on this issue around the country Italian Section of Amnesty International - international death penalty documents, appeals and information
Capital Punishment - Wikipedia question can be (and is) interpreted very differently by people with differing predispositionstowards capital punishment. religious views of the death penalty. http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_punishment
Extractions: Main Page Recent changes Edit this page Older versions Special pages Set my user preferences My watchlist Recently updated pages Upload image files Image list Registered users Site statistics Random article Orphaned articles Orphaned images Popular articles Most wanted articles Short articles Long articles Newly created articles Interlanguage links All pages by title Blocked IP addresses Maintenance page External book sources Printable version Talk Other languages: Nederlands From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Capital punishment , also referred to as the death penalty , is a punitive sentence set after conviction for a criminal offense in which the convicted person is executed. Methods of execution have varied over time, and include: Amnesty International publishes a annual report on official judicial execution. In 2001 there were 3,048 reported cases in 31 countries. 90% of the deaths occurred in four countries. China carried out 2,468 executions. Iran killed 139 people
Extractions: Countries that have stopped executions " Executing the mentally retarded is senseless cruelty. Even strong death penalty supporters recognize that capital punishment is wrong for people with the mind of a child. " Jamie Fellner, Human rights Watch associate counsel, commenting on the scheduled execution of Johnny Penry, a man with the mental age of a 2nd grader. All of the early Christian writers who discussed capital punishment were absolutely opposed to it. Christians were instructed to not execute a criminal, to not attend public executions and even to not lay a charge against a person if it might possibly eventually result in their execution. One example is Lactantius (260 to 330 CE) who is primarily known for his books " Introduction to True Religion " and "
Conservative Christian Fellowship -- News Site to coerce others into accepting their personal views whether religious or irreligious. Theexample of capital punishment Let me take a particular and http://ccfwebsite.com/world_display.php?ID=25&type=article
Focus On The Death Penalty Educational site intended to give as full a picture as possible of the complex issues surrounding Category Society Issues Crime and Justice Death Penalty US Supreme Court decisions on capital punishment and documents on views Pro andcon views are both religious Positions Currently, statements on the death http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/just/death/
Extractions: 30 Mar 2000 : The Death Row page has been updated with information from more state prison death rows. 2 Mar 2000 The International Context page has been completely updated. Other pages have been reformatted, and are in the process of being updated. A number of attempts at introducing capital punishment to the Alaska criminal justice system have occurred in recent years. The purpose of this site is to provide Alaska citizens and other members of the public with a source of information on the death penalty so that they can make informed decisions on this important issue. (See for historical information and updates on the progress of the death penalty debate in Alaska.) We hope that others will also find the site useful.
Extractions: (other than Bioethics) A Non-Pacifist Argument Against Capital Punishment Roy Weatherford ABSTRACT: Traditional opposition to capital punishment has generally been based on one or more of the following claims: (1) Capital punishment is immoral because all killing is immoral, (2) Capital punishment is unjust because killing is irreversible, or (3) Capital punishment is ineffective because killing is not a deterrent to killing. I propose to argue instead that capital punishment is immoral because of the kind of killing it is, rather than because it is a kind of killing simpliciter . This is a specifically moral argument, but it differs from the usual pacifist argument in that it does not assert or depend upon the claim that all killing is immoral. Herbert H. Haines has written that "The...predominantly moralistic critique [of capital punishment] has never met with much success in the United States..." I believe that there are two principal reasons for this lack of response to the usual moralistic argument. One is that Hume was right in his suggestion that one of the chief roots of morality is our sympathy for our fellows, and the murderer is about as unsympathetic a character as anyone in society. By his awful act he (and most murderers are Those of us who were raised in the Judeo-Christian morally tradition that is significantly based on the Ten Commandments often were initially perplexed to see that our respected elders permitted or even engaged in various kinds of killing despite the clear Biblical injunction "Thou shalt not kill." If we ventured to ask about this, we generally were told something like "The Hebrew word translated as kill in the King James Version of the Bible really meant something more like murder; hence God did not forbid all kinds of killing, only murderous killing. It is alright to kill in self-defense or in a just war, for example."
Representative Democracy coerce others into accepting their personal views whether religious or irreligious particularand difficult issue as an example - capital punishment. http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/CCFHUB/REPDEMOC.HTM
Extractions: One interesting issue raised by considering the rights and wrongs of majorities is what is the role of the individual MP. If majorities, though fallible, are the least bad way to select our government - should MPs follow the views of the majority of their constituents on every issue or their own judgement? I share Burke's view that an MP should be a representative not a delegate. He should not be mandated to vote in Parliament to reflect the views on each issue held by the majority of his constituents.
Views From The Other Side Of Life . views from. capital punishment is an easy area to see where the meaning and differentdepending upon which of the three religious assumptions (Christian one http://www.truth101.org/vs1-other-side-home-page.html
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