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At least that is the way I interpreted it. Are you serious? I consider the number of people killed by the death penalty to be an embarrassment to the state I love. I understand that an official must make a prudential judgment in the matter of crime and punishment for heinous crimes, but pride should not be the response, rather sorrow.

The death penalty, like war, is a matter of self-defense. Taking the life of another man ought to be the very last resort to protecting society. Revenge killing, even by the state, is unjust and perhaps even worse because the authority in this matter is providing scandal to its citizens. By the action of the state, it is saying "Our reasoning is that if a person commits a crime that we think at this time is worthy of death then we will do it,” whereas the state ought to use this method of last resort when a criminal can no longer be detained in order to protect the innocent.

To “do good, avoid evil” seems to say that we ought to protect life, not take revenge because we can. Here is a story of a mother that lost her son at the hands of two murders. I had given Aaron a ride to campus not long before his death. Now there is a foundation to help inner city youth that has sprouted from this trajedy.

We have a pretty good dialogue from Tolkien that puts this thought in story format. Frodo speaking to Gandalf about Gollum:

Frodo speaking: "He deserves death." Gandalf replies: "Deserves it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured before he dies, but there is a chance of it. And he is bound up with the fate of the Ring. My heart tells me that he has some part to play yet, or good or Ill, before the end; and when that comes, the pity of Bilbo may rule the fate of many - yours not least." The Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring