Extractions: Capital punishment , also referred to as the death penalty , is the judicially ordered execution of a prisoner as a punishment for a serious crime , often called a capital offence or a capital crime . In those jurisdictions that practice capital punishment, its use is usually restricted to a small number of criminal offences, principally, treason and murder , that is, the deliberate premeditated killing of another person. Prisoners who have been sentenced to death are usually kept segregated from other prisoners in a special part of the prison , pending their execution. In some places this segregated area is known as Death Row The term capital comes from the Indo-European kaput , meaning "head", through the Latin capitalis . Thus, capital punishment is the penalty for a crime so severe that it deserves decapitation (losing one's head). Table of contents 1 Methods of execution 2 Capital punishment around the world 3 Arguments for and against the death penalty 4 Religious views of the death penalty ... edit Methods of execution have varied over time, and include:
Extractions: Kim, the country's top Roman Catholic leader, asked Lee to help with the legislation of the special bill, arguing that Korea should be the first Asian nation to abolish the death penalty. A total of 155 lawmakers signed the anti-capital punishment bill, which was sent to the National Assembly on Oct. 30. Speaker Lee said that he personally believes that the death penalty, which could be abused in dealing with political prisoners, should be abolished. The past authoritarian regimes were sometimes accused of using the capital punishment and the anti-communist National Security Law to oppress dissidents.
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Extractions: var loc = "../../"; Approved by the U.S. Bishops in November 1980 INTRODUCTION In 1974, out of a commitment to the value and dignity of human life, the U.S. Catholic Conference, by a substantial majority, voted to declare its opposition to capital punishment. As a former president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops pointed out in 1977, the issue of capital punishment involves both "profound legal and political questions" as well as "important moral and religious issues."(1) And so we find that this issue continues to provoke public controversy and to raise moral questions that trouble many. This is particularly true in the aftermath of widely publicized executions in Utah and Florida and as a result of public realization that there are now over 500 persons awaiting execution in various prisons in our country. The resumption of capital punishment after a long moratorium, which began in 1967, is the result of a series of decisions by the United States Supreme Court. In the first of these decisions, Furman v. Georgia
Extractions: The decision incurred the ire of the three dissenting justices. Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, all known for their extreme-right views, denounced the Court's majority for caving in to international and domestic public opinion opposing execution of the mentally retarded. In his dissenting opinion, Scalia argued that such individuals should not escape execution because "deservedness of the most severe retribution [the death penalty], depends not merely (if at all) upon the mental capacity of the criminal ... but also upon the depravity of the crime." Scalia cited the New Testament to claim that government "derives its moral authority from God ... to execute wrath, including even wrath by the sword, which is unmistakably a reference to the death penalty." He then made the following remarkable declaration: "Indeed, it seems to me that the more Christian a country is, the less likely it is to regard the death penalty as immoral. Abolition has taken its firmest hold in post-Christian Europe and has least support in the church-going United States. I attribute that to the fact that for the believing Christian, death is no big deal."
Pro Capital Punishment Page Changing views on this difficult issue and many legal challenges to capital punishment working their way disguised as poor beggars or religious mendicants. Sometimes they wore the http://www.geocities.com/Area51/Capsule/2698/cp.html
Extractions: before you leave. It's funny because it's true! There are no words to describe what happened on that tragic day. Many innocent Americans have suffered the attack of terrorists and I would like to ask you to take a moment and ask for the healing of all of those who survived and for all of those who did not. Let us ask God for them to be safe on His Loving Arms. Bombs and destruction might seem big to our eyes, but much stronger is our love; the love that God has placed in our hearts. Let us never forget that our prayers will be heard and that He will answer. "Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my influence, that Your hand would be with me, Your servant, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!" So God granted His favored child the request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 Introduction Contact Information Putting to death people judged to have committed certain extremely heinous crimes is a practice of ancient standing, but in the United States in the latter half of the twentieth century, it has become a very controversial issue. Changing views on this difficult issue and many legal challenges to capital punishment working their way through the courts resulted in a halt to executions in the United States in 1967. Eventually, the Supreme Court placed a moratorium on capital punishment in 1972 but later upheld it in 1977, with certain conditions.
The Evangelical Outpost: Rainbows and Electric Chairs Christian views on capital punishment. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens a bunch of pointy headed religious scholars that Jesus has mandated the http://www.evangelicaloutpost.com/archives/000624.html
Extractions: Rainbows and Electric Chairs: Christian Views on Capital Punishment Reflections on culture, politics, and religion from an evangelical worldview Paving the Road to Hell: The Skewed Ethics of CBS News Main Stop Franking, Start Blogging Joshua Davey to reconsider his own feelings on the matter: In examining the arguments in favor of the death penalty we can start with detterence even though it is such a weak argument that it's hardly worth mentioning. As Davey points out, there is simply no way to conclusively determine how many crimes the policy would prevent. Even if there were, however, it would be an insufficiently persuasive as a moral argument. After all, cutting off the hands of thieves would be a strong, though unjustified, deterrent to property crimes. The use of the death penalty as a means of protecting society is a more interesting reason. According to a fascinating examination by Mark Byron Evangelium Vitae that Byron points out: In any event, the principle set forth in the new Catechism of the Catholic Church remains valid: "If bloodless means are sufficient to defend human lives against an aggressor and to protect public order and the safety of persons, public authority must limit itself to such means, because they better correspond to the concrete conditions of the common good and are more in conformity to the dignity of the human person".
Lemieux Library - Religion And The Death Penalty Commentary on religious views of the Death Penalty; Commentary on Would JesusPull the Switch? ; John Stuart Mill Speech in Favor of capital punishment. http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/web_archives/DMW/religion.htm
Extractions: Photo: FreeFoto.com religion vs. the death penalty catholic views protestant views other religious views ... tip of the iceberg "I tell people to go back to the gospel. Look at who Jesus hung out with: lepers, prostitutes, thieves - the throwaways of his day. If we call ourselves Jesus' disciples, we too have to keep ministering to the marginated, the throwaways, the lepers of today. And there are no more marginated, thrown-away, and leprous people in our society than death-row inmates." Helen Prejean What is the general debate surrounding religion and the death penalty? websites books in Lemieux Library Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica II-II Question 64.
Lemieux Library - The Legal Process and religious views on the subject and a useful bibliography of readings. HelenPrejean s official website; Catholics Against capital punishment Includes http://www.seattleu.edu/lemlib/web_archives/DMW/law.htm
Extractions: Dead Man Walking Law and Law-Related Resources introduction general information specific issues and organizations tip of the iceberg What are the legal issues behind capital punishment? introduction The legal processes which lead to an execution are, by their nature, complex, expensive, and require a great deal of time. In Washington State, competent attorney representation, evidence gathering, trial through both guilt and sentencing phases, post conviction review, clemency petitioning, and other proceedings can take up to 10 years or more and cost well over $300,000. The use of capital punishment has stimulated no shortage of articles, books and organizations which take one side or the other. Understanding the issues involved requires clear, critical thinking and good research resources. It is with this goal in mind that we offer the following annotated webliography for you to consult while you ponder the great issues raised in Helen Prejean's Dead Man Walking general information Non-partisan Cornell's Death Penalty page : Presents a readable and brief overview of death penalty law. Includes references to historic Supreme Court opinions, relevant state and federal statutes, as well as additional sources of information on related capital punishment topics such as juveniles and the mentally ill. Links to pages for advocacy organizations of different stripes are also included.
Capital Punishment - Wikipedia Redirected from capital crime) capital punishment, also referred to as 2 capital punishment around the world. 3 Arguments for and against the death penalty. 4 religious views of the http://en2.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capital_crime
Extractions: Help with search Religion and the Death penalty Christian Views and organisations Alternatives to Capital Punishment Religious Tolerance Catholic Bishops of Texas paper in the Houston Catholic Worker newspaper Catholics Against the Death Penalty A national advocacy organization working for the abolition of the death penalty in the U.S. Christian Science Monitor Why texas is the Execution capital Church of the Brethren Statement from the 1987 Annual Conference Clergy Coalition to End Executions Mission statement and links Conference of Major Superiors of Men resolution to expand effort opposing death penalty in August 12th 2000 assembly Franciscans speak out at the UN on the death penalty Promotion and Protection of Human Rights: The death penalty Iowa Catholic Bishop's Statement on the Death Penalty February 4th 1998 Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod the official stance of the Missouri Synod on the death penalty Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod report on capital punishment - August 1980 National Conference of Catholic Bishops Opposition to the Death Penalty Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance The Death Penalty - Capital Punishment in North America PaxChristi USA - National Catholic Peace Movement statement by Pax Christi USA regarding the death penalty - April 17th 2000 Presbyterian Church USA
Capital Punishment: A Brief History and what sort of illumination religious traditions can punishment, go to Terrorism capital punishment, an online James Ethics Centre sought the views of its http://www.abc.net.au/religion/stories/s980872.htm
Extractions: Home News Religion Articles Ethics Articles ... Library Tue 8, Jun 2004 About Us Contact Us Events Diary Have Your Say ... Site Map While Australian society has conclusively rejected the practice of capital punishment, events such as the Bali bombing have created some public discussion of the issue within our own society. We trace thoughts on this issue from Jewish, Islamic, Graeco-Roman, Buddhist, Christian and humanist perspectives. Ethos is a series exploring the field of ethics. It asks how we should live, how we should adapt our society and ourselves to change, and what sort of illumination religious traditions can bring to these venerable puzzles. War, business, biology, human rights, consumerism, relationships: Ethos presents the issues and the people at the centre of increasingly urgent debates.
Extractions: Articles Books ... About This Page Among Christians there is a range of opinions regarding the death penalty. Some Christians support the death penalty because it was instituted in the Old Testament. They claim that Romans 13:1-5 demonstrates modern governments can still apply the death penalty. However, most concede it is not now used for all situations in which the Old Testament prescribes it (including, for example, adultery, and consistenly disobedient children ) Remember, the New Testament says that whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles at just one point is guilty of breaking all of it. Thus those who wish to hold on to Old Testament laws should be consistent and keep the entire law (a mistake addressed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians
Capital Punishment; The Death Penalty 60 to 80% of American adults say that they want to retain capital punishment. Part1 Early Christian views; Death penalty data; US Trends religious factors http://www.religioustolerance.org/execute.htm
Extractions: MENU: CAPITAL PUNISHMENT; THE DEATH PENALTY Click below to visit our sponsors. Quotations: " Where would Christianity be if Jesus got eight to fifteen years with time off for good behavior? " NY State Senator James Donovan, speaking in support of capital punishment. " He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first. " Yeshua of Nazareth (Jesus Christ) interrupting a public execution of a woman for adultery. John 8:7, (NKJ) " Sometimes you just have the thin the herd. " Dennis Miller " Does it make sense for the state to hire murderers to kill defenseless victims on death row, in order to prove that hiring murderers to kill defenseless victims is morally wrong ? Anon. " There are plenty of innocent people being killed by those on parole...The only cure for this kind of "sickness" is death. I know I may sound hard and cruel- but I for one, have had enough! " Posting to a feedback forum, Detroit News, 1999-MAR-2 "
Focus On The Death Penalty US Supreme Court decisions on capital punishment and documents on views Pro andcon views are both religious Positions Currently, statements on the death http://www.uaa.alaska.edu/just/death/
Extractions: 30 Mar 2000 : The Death Row page has been updated with information from more state prison death rows. 2 Mar 2000 The International Context page has been completely updated. Other pages have been reformatted, and are in the process of being updated. A number of attempts at introducing capital punishment to the Alaska criminal justice system have occurred in recent years. The purpose of this site is to provide Alaska citizens and other members of the public with a source of information on the death penalty so that they can make informed decisions on this important issue. (See for historical information and updates on the progress of the death penalty debate in Alaska.) We hope that others will also find the site useful.
Capital Punishment Links Catholics Against capital punishment contains texts of past newsletters, US Bishops deathpenalty news and information, articles, religious views, and victims http://users.hsonline.net/beamer/cpun.html
Extractions: FOR MY RESEARCH PAPER CLICK HERE Term paper 1st half.. Term paper 2nd half.. Capital Punishment Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Texas on Capital Punishment ... Abolition-NOW.(Death penalty link) Other Sources of Information on the Death Penalty The Death Penalty Information Center does not endorse any of the organizations listed below nor does it guarantee the accuracy of the information posted at these sites. Similarly, we do not claim that these organizations endorse DPIC. Abolitionist Groups Abolition Now - wide array of death penalty information, including statistics, issues, columns and articles written from death row, and news forum Amnesty International - tracks death penalty internationally, includes statistics and general information, country reports Amensty International-Group 75 - test your knowledge of the death penalty by taking a death penalty quiz, also contains up-to-date information and articles on what's happening on this issue around the country Italian Section of Amnesty International - international death penalty documents, appeals and information
Life-and-Death Questions On Capital Punishment arguments ( I respect the religious views of persons action predicated on anybody sreligious beliefs ) and True, capital punishment makes an unequivocal moral http://www.commondreams.org/views03/0713-03.htm
Extractions: Printer Friendly Version E-Mail This Article Published on Sunday, July 13, 2003 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer Life-and-Death Questions on Capital Punishment by Tom Brazaitis In the final presidential debate of the 2000 campaign, moderator Jim Lehrer asked the candidates, "Do you believe that the death penalty actually deters crime?" "I do," George W. Bush replied. "That's the only reason to be for it." Al Gore did not disagree. "I know that's a controversial view, but I do believe it's a deterrence," he said. In a new, nonfiction book, Scott Turow, a lawyer and author of several best-selling novels on the criminal justice system, recounts the exchange and comments, "Mr. Bush, so far as I can tell, was wrong on both scores. There are a number of compelling rationales for capital punishment. And deterrence, upon examination, doesn't appear to be one of them." One would have a hard time arguing that the death penalty is a deterrent in Bush's home state of Texas, Turow says. Texas has performed more than a third of the executions in the United States since 1976, but has a murder rate well above the national average. In "Ultimate Punishment: A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty," due in bookstores Oct. 1, Turow examines the death penalty from his vantage point as one of 14 members of a blue-ribbon commission appointed by former Illinois Gov. George Ryan to tell him how to reform capital punishment in the state.
Extractions: Recent rulings by the US Supreme Court on the death penalty have focused attention on the high court's attitude toward capital punishment-a practice still upheld by 38 US states. In a 6-3 decision June 20, the Court ruled that executing the mentally retarded is a violation of the Constitution's Eighth Amendment ban on "cruel and unusual punishment." The decision incurred the ire of the three dissenting justices-Chief Justice William Rehnquist and Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas, all known for their extreme-right views-who denounced the Court's majority for caving in to international and domestic public opinion opposing execution of the mentally retarded. In his dissenting opinion, Scalia argued that such individuals should not escape execution because "deservedness of the most severe retribution [the death penalty], depends not merely (if at all) upon the mental capacity of the criminal ... but also upon the depravity of the crime." Reporting on the June 20 ruling, the British Guardian newspaper drew attention to remarks made earlier this year by Justice Scalia, which cast further light on the deeply reactionary outlook underpinning his support for the death penalty. Scalia spoke in January at the University of Chicago at the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, appearing on a panel with former Democratic Senator Paul Simon and Beth Wilkinson, lead prosecutor in the government's case against Timothy McVeigh. His comments have been virtually blacked out in the American press.
Capital Punishment religious beliefs also lead to other point of views by Rush. Rush gives his readersome insights on the reasons why there is capital punishment in society. http://www.freeessays.cc/db/26/hsz283.shtml
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Extractions: Then recently Robertson, who heads the Christian Coalition, spoke out even more forcefully against capital punishment, to the surprise and delight of some death penalty opponents. During a program on clemency in New York in February, Robertson said that, while he still believed capital punishment should be used for unreformed "vicious killers," he favored allowances for mercy for those who have had "a genuine change of heart."