With the jury decision to sentence Dzhokhar Tsarnaev to death, I thought I would republish this column I wrote about capital punishment. Will Tsarnaev’s death change anything that he and his brother did? Will the world be a better place? Beyond cheapening life the very same way he and his brother did, what are we accomplishing by killing him? -MG

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Hatch on Capital Punishment

If like Senator Orrin Hatch, you too believe that capital punishment is a means by which society sanctifies life, one or more of the following statements probably apply to you:

  • You are someone who claims to be religious but missed the whole point of God and faith

  • You are someone who believes that might makes right

  • You claim to believe in equality but deep down you are quite sure that somepeople (e.g. your kind)  are more equal than others.

  • You are someone who kills animals for sport, not out of necessity

  • You are someone who probably owns one or more guns and believes that without your guns and ammunition, you and your family are in mortal danger

  • You cannot distinguish between ‘revenge’ and ‘justice’

  • You are someone who believes that social harmony and peace in the world will only be achieved by “the good guys” using violence to exterminate…

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