My faith in God tells me that human life isn't just a functioning body, and we have spirits given to us by him.
Our spirits define who and what we are, and having this means we have love for other humans beings.
Throughout the world, we are able to see that, in those countries where there is no death penalty, murders and other violent crimes happen at a much lower rate than in the United States.
It does seem counter-intuitive, but the evidence is clear.
The consequences of their actions are not at the forefront of their minds while they’re in the midst of carrying out those actions.
We can see this in the consistent, and increasing, number of violent crimes being committed year after year in this country.
There have been advancements in the technologies being used to enact the death penalty that are designed to lessen the pain and suffering a person endures.
But, in reality, the only individuals who can attest to their effectiveness are those being executed.
And, in the cases where innocence was discovered in time, we can only be thankful that it wasn’t too late.
There are definitely cases of people being wrongly accused and convicted, and for each case that’s brought to light, we must keep in mind that there are likely more that we’ve never – and will never – hear about.