Texas just executed its 466th murderer in the last three decades (not surprisingly, the guy being executed was black. Black murderers are much more likely to be executed than are white murderers.)
But I'm not here to defend murderers. I'm not even really even against the death penalty. (As long as we can be certain the person is guilty... which too often we're not certain of... which does make me kind of against the death penalty. Can't there be a legal standard even beyond "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt"? Like "caught-red-handed-we-know-he-did-it guilty"?)
But I want to mention two seemingly obvious facts:
1) Jesus Christ would not support the death penalty. I'm not religious, so you might ask why I bring this up. Because I think it's very strange that many people who claim to believe Jesus Christ was the Son of God also support the death penalty. Hey, support the death penalty for whatever reason you want. But please don't do it in Jesus's name. He was more of a forgiveness kind of guy: "Let he who is without sin..." and "Go, and sin no more." New Testament trumps Old! Isn't that the basis of Christianity?
2) The death penalty does not deter crime. The average murder rate of death penalty states is higher than in states without the death penalty. The murder rate in execution-central Texas is 5.4, also higher than the national average. Now maybe if Texas wasn't so execution happy, the murder rate would be even higher... but do you really believe that?
Now you may think it's right to kill killers for reasons that have nothing to do with God or crime. Maybe they simply deserve it as punishment. Frankly, personally, I don't give a damn if murderers live or die. But I would like to think that I and we are better than them. But please stop the nonsense that execution is somehow linked to crime prevention or is compatible with the teachings of Jesus.