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Re: Weekly Review: Science versus the Death Penalty

Jan 17, 2006 12:04 PM
by leonmaurer

Aside from the theosophical moral considerations -- here's how scientific 
materialists consider why the death penalty in criminal cases is wrong. Can this 
approach assist the universal acceptance of the theosophical principles and 
their application toward furthering brotherhood and respect for the sanctity of 
all life? If so, how so, and if not, why not? 

** Science versus the Death Penalty (Commentary in Scientific American's 

Last December was a special month for U.S. executions. North Carolina
gave a lethal injection to Kenneth Boyd, making him the 1,000th person
to be executed since the 1976 Supreme Court decision to allow the 
reinstatement of the death penalty. Soon thereafter, on December 13, 
California put to death Crip gang founder Stanley "Tookie" Williams.
The U.S. remains the only developed Western nation to permit
executions despite serious flaws in the system. No need for any
pacifist proclivity or liberal leaning to see that--just look at the

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