Why are some Christians against the death penalty?
Because most Christians believe only God has the right to take life
What teaches Christians that it is wrong to kill?
'Thou shalt not kill'
What did Jesus teach?
'Turn the other cheek'
What do many see 'turn the other cheek' as going against and overidding?
The Old Testament: 'An eye for an eye', 'An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.' Mahatma Gandhi
What do some Christians argue conflicts with the death penalty?
The Golden Rule
What have the Quakers campaigned for nearly 200 years?
No death penalty and that all life should be respected
Why are some Christians for the death penalty?
It keeps with the Old Testament: 'an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth'
What does Genesis 9:6 teach?
'Whoever sheds the blood of a man, by man shall his blood be shed'
Why are some Christians for it?
Because failure to show the seriousness of certain crimes leads to criminals not fearing and therefore they will be more prone to commit serious crimes
Why are Muslims against the death penalty?
'Never take life, which God has made sacred.' Qur'an 17:33
What do some Muslims also believe?
That it is important to stress forgiveness and reconciliation within their religion
What do many Muslims believe?
Punishment is integral to justice but there are more beneficial ways to punish the offender
Why are some Muslims for the death penalty?
Even though criminals will be punished on the day of judgement, they should also be punished on Earth
What could the death penalty be considered as?
A just cause
What do some parts of Shari'ah law set out?
That execution could be used for punishment in certain circumstances. For example stoning is until death (Rajm) is justifiable if the person has committed adultery.
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