Capital punishment

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To kill or not to kill, that is the question. For a long time, human rights activists tussled with governments over the application of capital punishment. In the U.S. especially, they actively protest against what they call 'a crime against humanity', lobbying Congress, and staging demonstrations. They were so effective that capital punishment, which was once legal in the States, was driven out of several states altogether. Elsewhere, it is much more peaceful, but the issue still remains, tugging at the conscience and moral fibre of the people.

The banner under which these 'pro-life' activists march is that of Humanity. They view capital punishment as inhumane -- a barbaric way of treating murderers and drug offenders. However, did they ever consider the 'humanity' displayed by these very malefactors? Did these offenders spare the slightest thought for their victims, both intended and unintended? How about the victims' families, spouses, and dependents? Will they now have to bear the indignation of seeing these offenders get prison sentences with chances of parole? How will these people be compensated? Do they now have to put everything behind them and forget about the whole affair?

An emphatic "Yes!" is what the activists would say.

Some, quoting Scripture, would remark that "Vengeance is mine, says the Lord." (Deut. 32:35). We should therefore walk in love and compassion, forgiving them for whatever crimes they had committed. Right? Wrong! Serious crimes against humanity such as Murder, Rape, Drug-related offences, and Terrorism are violations of moral law. They do not just break the legal and social law that we have, but a greater one -- that of morality.

In essence, in committing these crimes, these criminals chose to break faith with the rest of humanity, exalting themselves over the demise of others. The offence strains against our...