Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Pro-Life, Capital Punishment Conundrum
But I digress.
On the other hand, there's the issue of capital punishment where the perpetrators of horrendous crimes against humanity are put to death. But does that life still have value? Is that person still created and existing in the Imago Dei? This is a conundrum I have wrestled with for a very long time. Not an easy place intellectually or emotionally to find one's self, I admit. These are the conclusions I have come to:
2. The issue of war/pacifism is a completely different argument for a different time, for I believe there are "just wars."
3. Immediate justice wherein a perpetrator is caught in the act of a heinous crime and is put to death on the spot can be considered acceptable, but is also troublesome.
4. Rigid pro-lifers who are also rigid capital punishment proponents are idiots and clearly lack intellectual honesty.
Right or wrong, that is now my stance. I'm not a pro-capital punishment kind of guy any longer. There are exceptions to the rule, of course as stated in (3) above. But even saying that, I feel a little dirty, someone dishonest myself.
As I age and come face-to-face with the reality of my own mortality, these are questions I find myself compelled to answer. It's not as though I'm picking a fight, desirous of some debate, but rather I feel my soul must be cleansed from these inconsistent suppositions.
Don't be fooled, don't be misled about these arguments. Think for yourself, do your homework and work it out for yourself. I don't have all the answers - I'm just starting to ask the right questions.