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Re: Theos-World Re: Weekly Review: Science versus the Death Penalty

Jan 17, 2006 11:17 PM
by Cass Silva

Hello Leon,
I am definitely against Capital Punishment and believe, as Confuscius said, good for good, justice for evil.
On a moral level I do not believe in an eye for an eye, but on a socratic level, should a criminal confess to murder and chose to end his own life then I believe the choice to be his and only his.
The extinction of the physical ends the journey that the soul may have determined, prior to incarnation, and which was necessary to learn it's lifes lesson. It becomes a wasted life or worse probably incurs further karma. In fact I wouldn't be surprised if Capital Punishments incurs national karma for those who live within that system.

Cass wrote: 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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