Capital punishment should not exist in America. Punishment by death serves no purpose or benefit to society and is an unethical practice. It simply restricts the ability to grow as a nation and as human beings. Implementing capital punishment in society is denying basic human rights, as well as, expressing the idea of a double standard: If killing is wrong, then why punish by killing? What message does this send? More importantly, what possible argument could truly advocate the use of capital punishment? Is the idea of retribution enough of a reason to put someone to death? Do the victims (i.e. family, friends) of the deceased truly get peace of mind through implementing capital punishment? Religion, discrimination, deterrence, cost, and the possibility of executing the innocent are several arguments that provide substantial evidence and reason for abolishing the death penalty.
The Christian religion and the New Testament teach love and compassion. Together they emphasize the ideas of growth and rehabilitation. Christianity embarks on the notion of providing forgiveness and solitude regardless of the sin, “See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all” – 1 Thessalonians 5:15 (Holy Bible 205). Capital punishment is repaying evil for evil. It denies an individual the right to rehabilitation and reform. As a society, we have trouble forgiving people who commit menial acts, let alone for people who commit murder. It is a challenge to rise above the evil and forgive sinners; a challenge that Jesus presented us with. Jesus specifically refers to the notion that retribution is wrong: “Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against one of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord” – Leviticus 19:18 (Bedau 417). Jesus challenges every individual to be the “bigger person”. He wants individuals to set the example. In...