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The Death Penalty a Necessary Evil Life is the most wonderful gift that God gives us He also gives us the power to do what we wish with that life We can keep it and guard it or we can take it away It follows that murder is the worst crime anyone could ever commit It is a crime that no one can ever make right because once you take a life away you can never give it back Penalties exacted from criminals are made to fit the crimes committed The worst crime possible should therefore receive the worst penalty possible That penalty is the death penalty Take for example the case of a man who is caught shoplifting He does not deserve the same punishment as someone who is convicted of assault and battery Most people would have no problem agreeing with this Yet many of these same people believe that a cold blooded killer deserves the same life sentence as a convicted kidnapper who did not kill his prisoner Granted these are both serious offenses but our system of law works by degrees of seriousness Bedau p326 The mental damage done to that prisoner can be turned around but the life taken away by the murderer can never be given back They should therefore be given a harsher punishment than life in prison In terms of justice we should all get what we deserve One argument against the death penalty is that the bible tells us not to murder If this includes all people it should include the government However the death penalty is not quite the same as murder It is an exacting of justice Consequently the Bible also says an eye for an eye a tooth for a tooth It could also say a life for a life
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