what are the views on capital punishment

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what are the views on capital punishment or otherwise known as the death penalty, the views of religions or just normal people

Posted Mon 16th May, 2011 @ 20:39 by Levente

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Non-religious arguments in favour of capital punishment:

  • If people know that they will die if they murder someone the will be put of murdering, hence there will be fewer murders
  • Murderers and terrorists threaten society and the best way to protect society would be to take their lives
  • Human life is the most important thing there is and the value will only be shown by giving those who take human life the worst possible punishment
  • Retribution is a major part of punishment and the only retribution for murder is the death penalty

Non religious arguments against capital punishment are:

  • no court can be sure that the correct verdict is given- wrongly accused prisoners can be released but not if they've been executed.
  • statistics show that countries without the death penalty have lower murder rates than those who have it
  • theres an idea that murderers are likely to kill more to escape punishment
  • murderers regard life imprisonment worse than death as they try to commit suicide e.g. Ian Brady
  • it could be seen as just premeditated murder and a way of brutalizing society

christian attitudes vary but the ones against are:

  • it is un- Christian
  • Jesus taught reform and you can't reform a dead person
  • Jesus said an eye for an eye was wrong
  • life is sacred- if abortion and euthanasia are wrong so is capital punishment

some christians believe it is allowed because...

  • the bible gives the death penalty for punishment for some offences
  • the church of england and the roman Catholic church have not cancelled their statements saying that the law can use capital punishment
  • the church has used capital punishment in the past for heresy (not believing official church teachings)
  • Christian thinkers like St Thomas Aqunias said the protection of society was more important than reform.

Islam allows capital punishment for three offences:

  1. murder
  2. adultery
  3. apostasy

because...

  • it is set in the quran
  • the prophet agreed with it and sentenced people to capital punishment for murder
  • it is in the Sharia

but, not all muslims agree with it because...

  • it is recommended in the quran but not made compulsory
  • the Sharia says the family of the victim can accept blood money instead of the murderers death
  • they agree with the non religious arguments against it.

i took these from my R.E notes but hopefully they'll help you.

Good luck in your exam! x

Answered Tue 17th May, 2011 @ 19:36 by Fatima
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Capital punishment is an issue, so it's necessary to revise it for the upcoming Humanities GCSE. :) Here are the notes I have on it, I hope they help:

  • Some countries still have the death penalty (e.g. USA, Afghanistan)
  • England used to have it, but it was abolished in the '60s.
  • Hanging, stoning, lethal injection, electric chair are some of the methods.
  • Some on Death Row have to wait years to find out how they will die. Some can choose how they die.
  • Some people contribute to the community whilst on Death Row - one prisoner,surnameStanley, wrote 8 children's books whilst on Death Row. He was killed by lethal injection in 2005.
  • Some believe that it brutalises society, and is against the sanctity of life. This is a Humanist view.
  • Others believe that some people, like Saddam Hussein, deserve to die because of their crimes.

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Non-religious arguments in favour of capital punishment:

  • If people know that they will die if they murder someone the will be put of murdering, hence there will be fewer murders
  • Murderers and terrorists threaten society and the best way to protect society would be to take their lives
  • Human life is the most important thing there is and the value will only be shown by giving those who take human life the worst possible punishment
  • Retribution is a major part of punishment and the only retribution for murder is the death penalty

Non religious arguments against capital punishment are:

  • no court can be sure that the correct verdict is given- wrongly accused prisoners can be released but not if they've been executed.
  • statistics show that countries without the death penalty have lower murder rates than those who have it
  • theres an idea that murderers are likely to kill more to escape punishment
  • murderers regard life imprisonment worse than death as they try to commit suicide e.g. Ian Brady
  • it could be seen as just premeditated murder and a way of brutalizing society

christian attitudes vary but the ones against are:

  • it is un- Christian
  • Jesus taught reform and you can't reform a dead person
  • Jesus said an eye for an eye was wrong
  • life is sacred- if abortion and euthanasia are wrong so is capital punishment

some christians believe it is allowed because...

  • the bible gives the death penalty for punishment for some offences
  • the church of england and the roman Catholic church have not cancelled their statements saying that the law can use capital punishment
  • the church has used capital punishment in the past for heresy (not believing official church teachings)
  • Christian thinkers like St Thomas Aqunias said the protection of society was more important than reform.

Islam allows capital punishment for three offences:

  1. murder
  2. adultery
  3. apostasy

because...

  • it is set in the quran
  • the prophet agreed with it and sentenced people to capital punishment for murder
  • it is in the Sharia

but, not all muslims agree with it because...

  • it is recommended in the quran but not made compulsory
  • the Sharia says the family of the victim can accept blood money instead of the murderers death
  • they agree with the non religious arguments against it.

i took these from my R.E notes but hopefully they'll help you.

Answered Mon 14th January, 2013 @ 16:54 by umar
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Capital punishment is an issue, so it's necessary to revise it for the upcoming Humanities GCSE. :) Here are the notes I have on it, I hope they help:

  • Some countries still have the death penalty (e.g. USA, Afghanistan)
  • England used to have it, but it was abolished in the '60s.
  • Hanging, stoning, lethal injection, electric chair are some of the methods.
  • Some on Death Row have to wait years to find out how they will die. Some can choose how they die.
  • Some people contribute to the community whilst on Death Row - one prisoner, surname Stanley, wrote 8 children's books whilst on Death Row. He was killed by lethal injection in 2005.
  • Some believe that it brutalises society, and is against the sanctity of life. This is a Humanist view.
  • Others believe that some people, like Saddam Hussein, deserve to die because of their crimes.

I apologise, that's all I have at the moment. :) I hope it helps for you! ^^

Answered Mon 16th May, 2011 @ 21:15 by Myst