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DEATH PENALTY ESSAY MIKHAEL BOEDHI-TJAHJONO Life is a precious gift from God. Even when a person has no material possessions, life is still possessed. The death penalty or it usually called as capital punishment should be totally erased by many reasons. First and foremost, no one should have the right to take anyone else’s life neither individually nor as a punishment for taking someone else’s life. As we know in our Bible, under the Ten Commandments that says “thou shall not kill” is telling us that killing is a part of a sin. Although not every single person in this world has a religious views, but we are all still living under the same God. First of all, I would like to discuss the reasons why the death penalty should be legal in this world. A common reason why many people support the death penalty is because the bible supports the execution of criminals for a wide variety of crimes. For example, in exodus 21:23- 25 the bible clearly states “An eye for an eye, A tooth for a tooth…” All religions believe to some extend that life is sacred. One might argue that if a murderer a murderer was to be convicted and let off relatively easily with a prison sentence society would, in effect, cheapen human life. For example, professor van den hag, a psychoanalyst professor at New York University argues that “I hold life sacred, and because I hold it sacred, I feel that anyone who takes someone’s life should know that thereby he forsakes his own and does not just suffer an inconvenience. Thus, people believe that killing the convicted may make them feel safe in the future because, if the convicted dies, he or she cannot kill anymore. Furthermore, the death
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This note was uploaded on 03/15/2011 for the course ENG 115 taught by Professor Kathschull during the Spring '11 term at Lane Community College.

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