Biblical Injunction: An Eye for an Eye


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Biblical Injunction: An Eye for an Eye
We are living in a time when life has become cheap for many. There are terrorist suicide bombers, drug cartel murderers, drunken driver killings, gang warfare in inner cities, killings for passion, and spectacular child killings by mothers. So, why is there such vehement opposition by some against capital punishment? What ever happened to the Biblical injunction: An Eye for an Eye? Should not the State and society take revenge?
What many capital punishment critics try to explain is whether the death penalty is moral penance or legal homicide. “Supporters of capital punishment are inconsistent because their arguments can be used to demand the liquidation of any individuals they deem socially useless....
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