When the State of Georgia executed Troy Davis last September, the debate over the death penalty in America was reignited. Christianity Today reported that, "In the U.S., most Christians support the use of the death penalty to punish murders." The article went on to cite a 2010 Pew Forum survey that found that support for the death penalty was very high among white evangelicals.
A new book by Columbia University law professor James Liebman proved that the State of Texas executed an innocent man, Carlos DeLuna. Commentator David Pakman pointed out in a recent broadcast that states with the death penalty have the highest murder rates and had Mr. DeLuna been a fetus, Texas would have been more concerned about saving his life.
Religious Arguments for Capital Punishment.
Christians such as those at BibleBelievers.com argue that it is the "liberal establishment" that is creating doubts about the death penalty. Claiming that capital punishment "honors God," they cite Biblical verses such as Genesis 9:6: "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man" to support their position. According to BibleBelievers.com, "Man didn't invent the death penalty, so man has no right to abandon it. We live in an age when everyone is far too concerned with "human rights", and God has been practically ignored, as if He had no rights at all."
Islam also supports the death penalty, saying that the Koran teaches that "the death penalty can be applied by a court as punishment for the most serious of crimes" which include intentional murder and "spreading mischief in the land."
What's your opinion?
Although our polling software records IPs to void double voting, your personal identity will remain confidential. The poll is not scientific, and will remain open until 7:00 on Sunday morning, July 1.
Do you support the death penalty?
- No. (73%, 8 Votes)
- Yes. (27%, 3 Votes)
- Not sure. (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 11