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Should the death penalty exist in modern day society As the number of churchgoers continues to climb many religions have made their stands against the death penalty well known Although most people may not want to believe it there have been a number of innocent people killed by the death penalty And with the public not being able to witness executions how do we as a society get the message out in hopes of deterring people away from crime Many churches adamantly oppose the death penalty To name a few The American Jewish Committee Christian Church Church Women United and The Presbyterian Church USA all oppose the death penalty However many people who favor the death penalty happen to be churchgoers This in interesting considering the churches these people attend clearly stand against this form of punishment The Holy Scriptures clearly mandate that we are not to kill and we are not to seek retribution with vengeance for the evil done to us Death Penalty 8 The Christian Church said in a recent resolution opposing the death penalty Who are we page 2 to decide when someone should die It is God who gave us life Therefore God should then be the only one to take it away The Church Women United released a statement saying Whereas Church Women United cannot accept retribution or social vengeance as a reason for taking a life because it violates our deepest belief in God as the creator and the redeemer of mankind Death Penalty 10-11 Is capital punishment a humane way to punish criminals According to the Orthodox Church in America in their resolution there is no humane way to execute a human being Death Penalty 23 Obviously churches do not feel capital punishment is acceptable to God With public executions are no longer held in the United States how does the government present society examples of the consequences of committing crimes The last public
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