Killing People

I have never supported capital punishment. It is a topic that excites people often into irrational arguments. Personally I have never though it right to kill people convicted even of the most heinous crimes; I have seen the judicial system in action. It is not perfect and frequently grave injustice is done. If a person is convicted wrongfully and not executed, you can at least make some redress, but once executed the matter is beyond redress. However, more importantly, I think that killing criminals is wrong, whether they are killed for sheep stealing (as they have been in England), horse stealing (as they have been in the United States) adultery (as they have been in parts of the Middle East), murder (as they have been in many countries) or genocide and crimes against humanity (as they have been in Germany and Israel). Continue reading