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I'm not sure if this is the right place for it, move it if you think it isn't.
Anyway I figured this site was an appropriote place for this discussion.
I was extremely saddened today watching the news as I watched people cheering outside a court house as the verdict came that Scott Peterson would be sentenced to death.
A few things when through my mind, the important one being that the death of a living being should not be associated with the emotion of cheering or laughing, it just isn't right. He was convicted of murdering his wife and unborn child, a sad series of event and events for which he should punished, however, how can we celebrate the fact that our government is going to commit murder upon one of its citizens? Did somebody forget the lesson we all learned as young children 'two wrongs don't make a right'. The death penalty to me is one thing: vengence. Why would anyone want to see another human being put to death other than to satisfy their own quest for vengence?
He should be imprisoned, he should be punished. But killing somebody is not the answer.
I brought this up in a class I had today and a girl said "The bible says 'An Eye for an Eye' and I thought for a minute and I said "well, I don't follow the teachings of the bible, however, it also says 'Thou Shalt not Kill'" Can people honestly bend these rules, so if you're going to use something like religion to back up your argument, atleast use it right, it's not "Thou Shalt Not Kill...unless they have already killed and it suits are purposes for punishment" what a contradiction, someone citing the bible as justification for killing another person.
So, that's my thoughts on that, and it really saddens me that someone can celebrate the decision of death for another person, it's not the way people should be thinking and it's certainly not something we should be proud of ourselves for being a part of.
What are all your thoughts on this?