Unformatted text preview: The argument that the death penalty should be retained because the majority of the people in the United States want it, equates the numbers in support of a position with the correctness of it. The rightness or wrongness of the death penalty logically is neither helped nor hindered by the numbers in support. Opinions don't logically equate to factual knowledge. Deciding whether or not society has a moral right to take the lives of murderers and other violent criminals requires a value judgment. In support of their position, proponents of the death penalty cite the Judeo-Christian tradition of “eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” Opponents counter by emphasizing New Testament admonitions to “turn the other cheek” and “to love thy neighbor.”...
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- Fall '09