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8/4/2016 12:08:00 PM
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Regarding “Death penalty opposed,” (April 1, page 1):

I relished how you related this current issue to the Bible. What especially drew me were quotes originating from Deacon Dale Recinella. He said that death penalty advocates often cite Romans 13:4 to support their cause, arguing that Paul’s reference to the “sword” of government indicates an approval of capital punishment. Recinella later points to scholars who say the word translated as “sword” is more like a knife, an ancient symbol of judicial authority, not a tool of execution.

God may believe in punishment, but by no means believes in punishment by execution.

When Recinella mentioned how capital punishment “must have been a great idea in 4000 B.C., but we don’t need it any more,” he demonstrated how aged this barbaric act truly is.

When you brought up race, it became clear that the act of capital punishment extends beyond religious views and that it is, in fact, an act of discrimination, prejudice and recklessness.

I think you could further support your argument if you talked about the effects of capital punishment on both a political and economic scale. By doing so, I believe your readers will be able to fully grasp the absurdity of the death penalty.

Sadie Lawrence
Englewood, Colorado

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