By Gardner C. Hanks
Drawing on outdated and New testomony assets in addition to secular arguments, Gardner C. Hanks indicates that the loss of life penalty harms instead of is helping any quest for a simply, humane society. He demonstrates via study information that the dying penalty is an useless crime-fighting device.
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4 Whether a person receives the death penalty depends on a number of factors, most of which have nothing to do with the severity of the crime. For example, geography plays an important factor. In twelve states and the District of Columbia, there is no capital punishment, so murders committed there will not result in the death penalty. 5 In some states, murders committed in one county are more likely to result in a death sentence than murders committed in other counties. A recent case in Idaho, for instance, was resolved when a small, poor, rural county chose to no longer pursue the death penalty after it had spent more than $400,000 on the case.
Letters to the editor, informal discussions, and formal presentations on the death penalty can all be enhanced by use of factual information. My greatest hope, however, is that this book will soon no longer be necessary. I pray that somehow Americans will come to their Page 19 senses, as have the people of all other Western democracies, and that we will no longer feel that "killing people to show that killing people is wrong" makes any sense. On that day, I believe we will all be able to celebrate life as a gift that God has given to all people, a gift that neither the murderer nor the state has the right to take away.
First, we must recognize that capital punishment in the Old Testament was seen as a form of religious sacrifice. For a person to atone for a serious sin, that person's life must be forfeit. Much as sacrificing an animal paid God back for less-serious crimes, human sacrifice through the death penalty restored the balance of justice after a more serious crime had been committed. This belief, deeply embedded in human consciousness, predated the Mosaic law and can still be heard in arguments for the death penalty today.
Against the death penalty: Christian and secular arguments against capital punishment by Gardner C. Hanks