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In Cold Blood Death Penalty Capital Punishment has been part of the criminal justice system since theearliest of times The Babylonian Hammurabi Codeca 1700 BC decreed deathfor crimes as minor as the fraudulent sale of beerFlanders 3 Egyptianscould be put to death for disclosing the location of sacred burialsitesFlanders3 However in recent times opponents have shown the death penalty to beracist barbaric and in violation with the United States Constitution ascruel and unusual punishment In this countryalthough laws governing theapplication of the death penalty haveundergone many changes since biblical times the punishment endures andcontroversy has never been greater A prisoners death wish cannot grant a right not otherwise possessed Abolitionists maintain that the state has no right to kill anyone The rightto reject life imprisonment and choose death should be respected but itchanges nothing for those who oppose the death at the hands of the state The death penalty is irrational- a fact that should carry considerable weightwith rationalists As Albert Camus pointed out Capital punishmenthasalways been a religious punishment and is reconcilable with humanism Inother words society has long since left behind the archaic and barbouscustoms from the crueleye for an eye anti-human caves of religion- another factor that shouldraise immediate misgivings for freethinkers State killings are morally bankrupt Why do governments kill people to showother people that killing people is wrong Humanity becomes associated withmurderers when it replicate their deeds Would society allow rape as thepenalty for rape or the burning ofarsonists homes as the penalty for arson The state should never have the power to murder its subjects To give thestate this power eliminates the individuals most effective shield againsttyranny of the majority and is inconsistent with democratic principles Family and friends of murder victims are further victimized by statekillings Quite a few leaders in the abolishment
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