Tuesday, December 28, 2004

Our Next Question for Discussion

My article on the death penalty is below. I am now accepting your articles in answer to the question:

Are you for or against the death penalty and why?
In composing a post for our discussion, remember the ground rules which are:

1.
I'm looking for reasoned debate, not ad hominem attack.
2. Foul language will be edited or even form grounds for rejection.
3. Articles will be expected to remain on the given topic.
4. Articles should be no longer than 1,000 to 1,500 words
5. Please frame views that do not agree with yours in positive terms
that proponents of said view use with respect to their views.

Other than that, any position on the topic is acceptable. Please submit your contributions to me at revcraigh@yahoo.com.

6 Comments:

Blogger Whiskee River said...

Against, too many mistakes have been made.

12/23/2004 12:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, this post came from the future. neat.

anyway - i've never understood the logic of proving that killing is wrong by killing someone. it has not proven to be a deterrent (and in fact may even give an air of official sanction to death) it assumes the justice system is totally objective and infallible, which it certainly isn't. it takes the power of life and death away from nature/god/whatever, away even from individuals, and gives it to the state, which is a terrifying idea to me. it also assumes an absolute morality associated with a very unabsolute thing like government, and the absolute unchangeable nature of people, a rather dismal example to set for a supposedly civilized society.

interesting concept for a blog by the way. i may return.
inkheart

12/25/2004 10:06:00 PM  
Blogger Sarcastic Ornery Barista said...

While I'm an eye for an eye type of person, I cringe at having a government decide these things. However, if you're going to have a death penalty, there needs to be a quicker appeal (and get to the actual penalty phase) process. Just My Never Humble Opinion.

12/27/2004 06:54:00 PM  
Blogger Craig R. Harmon said...

While I'm an eye for an eye type of person, I cringe at having a government decide these things.Well, unless the accused opts for a non-jury trial, the Government does not decide them, 12 of his/her peers do. Of course, an eye for an eye, without due process is a no-no.

However, if you're going to have a death penalty, there needs to be a quicker appeal (and get to the actual penalty phase) process.Given the level of erroneous convictions, I believe that the accused should be given every opportunity to prove his/her innocence. Of course, in my post on the subject, I argue that, given the level of erroneous convictions, capital punishment should not be imposed at all.

12/27/2004 07:15:00 PM  
Blogger : JustaDog said...

As long as the death sentence is carried out behind closed doors it looses its potential deterrent effect. As long as states like California let murderers spend millions in taxpayer dollars to appeal for many years the death penalty looses its effect. Yet - there is no reason to keep alive such killers. I'd put others like pediphiles to death as well!

http://wheresyourbrain.blogspot.com/

12/29/2004 04:28:00 PM  
Blogger biggaysam said...

I am against the death penalty for one reason and one reason only.

Mistakes.

The chance that even ONE innocent life is lost because of a mistake is too terrible to contemplate.

No argument, no ideology or process will ever overcome that objection.

Every human life is precious. It's horrible enough that people kill one another with intent. But to do so by mistake is horrifying.

12/30/2004 09:04:00 PM  

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