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Many people think that if someone takes ones life then their own life should be taken others say that people make mistakes one more serious than another and God has taught us to forgive In principle a case can be made on moral grounds supporting capital punishment Compelling arguments against capital punishment can be made on the basis of its actual administration in our society Two different cases one is based on justice and the nature of moral community which leads to a defense of capital punishment The second is based on love and the nature of an ideal spiritual community which leads to a rejection of capital punishment These are the two point of views on the death penalty We will respectively see the arguments supporting the death penalty then the arguments against it and finally the methods of execution used A central principle of a just society is that every person has an equal right to life liberty and pursuit of happiness Therefore some acts are so vile and so destructive of community that they invalidate the right of the perpetrator to membership and even to life A community founded on moral principles has certain requirements The right to belong to a community is conditional The privilege of living and pursuing the good life in society is absolute It may be negated by behaviour that undermines the nature of a moral community The essential basis on which community is built requires each citizen to honour the rightful claims of others The utter and deliberate denial of life and opportunity to others forfeits ones own claim to continued membership in the community whose standards have been so flagrantly violated The preservation of moral community demands that the shattering of the foundation of its existence must be taken with utmost seriousness The preciousness of life in a moral community must be so highly honoured that those who do not honour the life of others
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