The Death Penalty
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08-20-2011, 08:32 PM
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Re: The Death Penalty
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believe it or not, but the state is not above the law even though the state defines it. The state can commit crimes such as kidnapping and stealing and they are just as wrong when the state does it as when a citizen of the state does it.
just because the state does something and calls it good does not mean that the state is
Murder is, by definition, unlawful killing. To say that the
difference between murder and capital punishment is that one is unlawful and the other isn't is to base ethical decisions on the law, which is dangerous for one thing and results in a logically fallacious argument (appeal to law) for another.
if you can come up with a reason why capital punishment is acceptable but murder is not which does not rely on legality, then you'll have an argument that can be properly debated. However, to say that capital punishment isn't wrong because the state says it isn't wrong is not a supportable argument.
I can only assume that you didn't really read my posts very well or what I was responding to. You took a part out of context, a part that was showing there is a difference between murder and the death penalty, not that it was morally superior.
I then went on to further describe the differences. My arguments for the death penalty were largely in other posts.
Please reread my post again... in fact the whole thread, I can't answer a reply that doesn't make sense with what I said.
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