[quote]Originally posted by flowerbob:
<strong>i-like the vast majority of people from my particular corner of this rather vast country- am opposed to executions. there is however merit in having the death penalty be legal, if there are never death penalty sentences (decreases frequency of appeals. which some might argue is a bad thing. but it certainly saves money.)
but it really really is high time the us banned the death penalty, if only for diplomatic reasons. it's pathetic that americans think europeans are stupid for banning it and desiring that we ban it as well, when instead this could be taken advantage of. we could gain a lot of face by taking our heads out of our asses and for once doing something which another nation wants, rather than insisting on being "independently powerful" and stupid. but that's not likely to happen with the kind of religious zealotry that plagues this country these days. gosh, religion wouldn't be so bad if people weren't so stupid about following it!
that a majority of people would believe the death penalty is good in a country where a majority of people believe that a book which tells them not to kill is holy... what a country
What a confused jumble of tidbits that was. What kind of flowers you sniffing over there Flowerbob?
You are against the death penalty, but you are for having it legal, but against ??? I lost you there. And then you jump to completely banning it like the UK. Does it have merit or not?
Ans as for tryin got gain face by giving up due to pressure from other countries. As my mother used to say, "Just because he jumped off a bridge does not mean you have to as well." If Europe want to have no death penalty fine, I don't live in Europe so I have no say in that, I live here and I say the death penalty should stay.
Gosh, your post wouldn't have been so bad if you weren't so muddled about posting it.
And for that last quote, Thou shalt not kill has to do with you personally. When you break that law the punishment is up to those in authority over you to determine. Not up to you or me. Those in authority say that certain crimes are punishable by death, so death is the punishment.
Wow, that was hard. Anyone here speak "flowerbob"?