Joshua, I must disagree with your Christian ethical assessment of the death penalty. You’ve argued first that the Bible does not require it and furthermore that God hates the idea, and secondly that it does not work. The first point is demonstrably incorrect—the Bible in fact commands capital punishment, and thus the second point—it’s efficacy—is somewhat irrelevant; here, however, I also believe your argument suffers from a series of incorrect assumptions. Continue reading The Biblical Mandate for Capital Punishment | A Reply to: (Not) Off With Their Heads
…America is less a place than an idea… It is nothing but the inherent love of freedom in each one of us… It is simply the idea—the basis of this country and of our religion—the idea of the dignity of man, the idea that deep within the heart of each one of us is something so God-like and precious that no individual or group has a right to impose his or its will upon the people, that no group can decide for the people what is good for the people so well as they can decide for themselves.
—Ronald Reagan, Commencement Address at William Woods College, 2 June 1952