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malakai2 Donating Member (483 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Mar-30-08 04:20 AM
Response to Reply #32
42. And issue #2...
Most civilized societies do not use the death penalty
-so, if you have the death penalty, you are not civilized? Or if you are a (what, a barbarian country?) you have the death penalty? This isn't an argument for or against the death penalty in any way.


This would be a matter of congruence. It's difficult for a collection of people (broad society) to argue that murder is wrong, but that capital punishment is acceptable when prescribed by 12 people in a courthouse. Both entail individuals choosing to kill a person, either through formal sentencing or informally deciding said person deserves it. Both require unanimity at some level, but substantial percentages of people not immediately involved in making the decision would disagree that killing is appropriate. So in both cases, you have a small number of people deciding to kill another person against the wishes of many or most people, yet in one case it's a heinous crime and in the other a celebrated legal instrument. Most civilized societies recognize how difficult it is to philosophically separate the two, and have done away with capital punishment.
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