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Old 08-25-2007, 04:03 PM   #181
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I look at it this way. We "judge" people, based on what we can "observe." Since we are not supernatural, we can only observe the concrete--actions and spoken/written words.

We know, however, that we have internal thoughts, which cannot be observed by the outside world, and, as such, cannot be "judged" by mankind. God, by definition, though, is able to see us both internally and externally, so the true judgment of intolerable people like those on Death Row can only be reserved by God. If many Christians are to state that we are judged solely by our faith and not by our works, then we must accept that even the most despicable of people can have such faith and enter heaven.

From a theological POV, this makes the death penalty an act of incredible hatred, as someone stuck in prison without possibility of parole is always with "the possibility" of finding his or her faith until the day they die. By prematurely ending these lives, we might be cutting short the chances for these individuals to get that faith; and, as such, we are "playing God." As for whether we, ourselves, are going to be judged for killing these people, potentially depriving them the chance to "find God"? I guess we'll find out someday.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:04 PM   #182
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Christians don't insist on killing, murdering pedophiles do.
And yet george bush has murdered who knows how many countless thousands of children in Iraq because..........





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Chrisrians insist on executing all facets of the law which include letting a sentenced murdering pedophile be executed, which you have a problem with.

I missed that part of Bible Study growing up. Are there not as many, if not more "Christian" denominations who are opposed to the DP than are FOR it ? (Catholic, Episcopal, Methodist, etc.) Are they "less christian" than you ?
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:09 PM   #183
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According to polling data, most Christians in this country think Jesus was white.
You mean he wasn't a white male Republican who believed in tax cuts for the rich, screwing the poor, pre-emptive strikes, second class citizens, or establishing a theocracy? Damn.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:10 PM   #184
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That's usually the path they take.

And I think a person robbing a 7-11 vs. a person molester, essentailly a person robbing a child of his virtue is a far worse crime.

A robber can make restitution by giving the money back; robbing a child of his or her innocence- one cannot restore.

Child molesters should be locked up 3-4 times longer than the way the current penal system is set up.

I always find it quite telling in this thread that that secularists thinkers have a disproportionate amount of symphathy for child molesters and oppose the death penalty.

They blur the lines between right and wrong, one can only call them on their ill placed logic, and point out to them the majority of Americans opposed theie pathetic line of thinking.


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Yes, that pesky logic is what seperates believers from infidels. Nobody here has defended paedophiles, the concept of religiously justified excecution is based on the premise that the perpetrator will suffer in an afterlife. This would be an afterlife that in all probability does not exist, thus rendering the "ultimate punishment" a mere release, they aren't going to hell for what they have done and killing them doesn't hold a candle to locking them away for decades in terms of vengence.

Justifying why a paedophile rapist needs to be punished is plain to see in the harm that they have done to another human being. But your dichotomy between faith and unbelief is predicated on the idea that in the absence of belief people will do whatever they want to other people because theres no reason not to.
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Old 08-25-2007, 04:13 PM   #185
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They were arrested for it because they broke the law, regardless of their Church affliation or attendence.

I feel like I'm dialoguing with a 12 year old.

You're back on Ignore.

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They were arrested because the secular system of law enforcement was able to go after rapists that were protected by their religious organisation. No childs behind left.
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According to polling data, most Christians in this country think Jesus was white.
Well, may have been caucasian, but then again that doesn't mean he was white.
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They were arrested because the secular system of law enforcement was able to go after rapists that were protected by their religious organisation. No childs behind left.
Right, I remember the letter telling all priests, bishops, etc. not to report any priest, bishop, etc. they know has molested a child, coming from the Vatican.

Now, if they are no Christians, who then is it?
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Well, may have been caucasian, but then again that doesn't mean he was white.




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Well, may have been caucasian, but then again that doesn't mean he was white.


That's how anthropologists have stated he might have looked like, going from where he was born, and where his parents came from.

OK, deep beat me to it.
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That's how anthropologists have stated he might have looked like, going from where he was born, and where his parents came from.

OK, deep beat me to it.
OK, hands up everyone who thinks caucasian = white ?
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OK, hands up everyone who thinks caucasian = white ?
I bet that most of the people who voted in that poll do equate caucasian with white.
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Pro-dp people...what are your opinions of the list of countries that have gov't sanctioned executions that I posted earlier? What do you think this says about the U.S. as a developed "super-power" of a nation? How do you feel that the U.S. grouped with a number of countries which we recognize have corrupt politics and governance?

What I'm getting at here, is I think the DP is archaic, and has no purpose in policy. It seems as though many other developed nations agree. Perhaps there was a time for it, I don't know, I didn't live in that era. I can only speak from my experience in modern times. But now, there is no need. Really.

This, environmental laws, and many others, seem to be areas where the rest of the world "gets it" and the U.S. falls far behind. I think it is a damn shame.

This isn't about religion. This is about PROGRESS, and bettering the U.S. society and the world.

And for the record, NOBODY here that is anti-death penalty is sympathetic towards criminals of any kind. That seems to be yet another misconception of pro-dp people.

And JC, I know you stated earlier that our minds might change if it were our child, and I don't think that is a fair assessment. If my parents were raped and killed, I'd be pissed off as well. But I would not want to be responsible for the death of their killer. Isn't there enough death already? It won't bring my parents back. It won't make me feel closure of any kind. I personally wish Cho hadn't killed himself. I know that is different, because he took his own life. But I think it is still a related example of a killer who will never learn his lesson. Who will never be brought to justice. I miss my student dearly. But I wish he were alive so he can atone for what he did, and see the pain that he caused, and live with that burden for the rest of his life. Executing criminals who have killed somebody is letting them get away with it, because there is nothing to be learned.



And I'm having a hard time seeing that people are still pro-DP after seeing Kenneth's Foster's case. I mean, come the fuck on. It is obviously a flawed system.

Mia, I'm just saying that after I had my children, my views and perspectives on certain issues had changed. Its a totally different when you think you have it all figured and then you have kids and you have to think of them as well.

In the Foster case I don't believe that man should get the dp.
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unico, clearly you are soft on child molesters.

No she's not.
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According to polling data, most Christians in this country believed that African Americans were an inferior race and didn't deserve equality.

According to polling data, most Christians in this country believed that women shouldn't vote, shouldn't compete with men in the marketplace, and didn't deserve equality.

According to polling data, most Christians in this country think Jesus was white.
I do believe opposite in what you've stated above, everyone in this world is equal. And I am a christian. If a brother or sister is in need you help them. etc.....
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