It still baffles me how the Old Testament morality of “an eye for an eye” is considered appropriate for the same people who claim to be Christians. After all, by orthodox Christian belief, Christ sacrificed himself so that we no longer needed to sacrifice any other living creature. (Right to Life, Inc., the largest organization of its kind, is at least consistent: it is against abortion, euthanasia, AND capital punishment. So is the Catholic Church.)Or for that matter why the state killing someone is any more “moral” than an individual killing someone.We’re one the only so-called “civilized” nation in the G7 that executes people. In fact, we are fifth-ranked for most executions from 2007-2012. Here’s the top ten:1. China2. Iran3. Saudi Arabia4. Iraq5. USA6. Pakistan7. Yemen8. North Korea9. Vietnam10. Libya
If you favor capital punishment for some reason, you might want to ask yourself about the company we keep.