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             Capital punishment is a subject that has escalated to the public eye in the last five years. Some people take the subject lightly, but it should be taken extremely seriously. Through the death penalty, a person is losing his or her life, and the loss of a life should not be taken lightly. Life is a right that we are given; it should not be a privilege that can be taken away. It is difficult to believe that people can be in favor of killing another human being, no matter what that person has done. In his essay, Brennan states, " In a society that so strongly affirms the sanctity of life, not surprisingly the common view is that death is the ultimate sanction" (487). The right to life should never be taken away from anyone on purpose. The death penalty should be eliminated in the United States, because it is an unnecessary punishment and it is immoral. .
             The morality of the death penalty is often the main point argued about this form of capital punishment. The moral point of this argument that is important is what would God want. God is an always forgiving being who put us on this earth. He wants us to view life as precious and sacred. Our lives are supposed to be in God's hands and not the government's. By enforcing the death penalty, we are playing God. We all know that playing God is not our job. Ending someone's life is unfair to them and everyone involved in the situation, and it is immoral. While we dispute the death penalty, we can also ask ourselves, would Jesus agree with the death penalty? This question seems very easy to answer. Of course Jesus would not agree with the death penalty. While nailed on .
             the cross, being left up on it to die, Jesus said, " Please forgive them father, for they know not what they do." Jesus forgave the people who were killing him, even as they were doing it. This to me is amazing. In eliminating the death penalty we wouldn't even have to necessarily forgive the criminals like Jesus did, we would just be showing respect for his or her life.


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