True Price of the Death Penalty

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Gwen Lawless English Composition 30 June 2011 The true price of the death penalty In choosing to support or disapprove of the death penalty, should the price we consider be one of moral cost or financial cost? In her essay “Executions are too costly- Morally,” Helen Prejean argues that the price paid for the death penalty is a moral one and even Christians who should be like Christ- ability to speak with power and authority without destroying a person’s soul or spirit- have instead taken on the role of the wicked now believing in violence and the death penalty. She argues that often the scripture is used to back up their beliefs and their support of the death penalty, without consideration to the culture and era or period of the Hebrew bible or the true context of the scripture being clear. She blames the change in Christians on the greed of Christian bishops in the early church, who desired wealth and power and as a result became much like the wicked in desiring to punish people by killing them; but points out that Martin Luther King and Mohandas Gandhi were perfect examples of nonviolence. They had the ability to, “make the price of maintaining control too high for their opponents”, by not seeking civil disobedience in order to allow the world to see the racism, but instead choosing to not seek to control another, but to control themselves and their own actions (Prejean, 623-627). On the other hand, those in favor of the death penalty, feel that most people who are accused of killing someone, should be executed, instead of prolonging the pain of the family members of the person they killed, or causing the tax payers to fund their numerous appeals. To name two, Alex Kozinski and Sean Gallagher, writers of “For an Honest Death Penalty”, who believe that “wrongfully convicted capital defendants are rare”(Gallagher and Kozinski, 630). They
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