Letter to the Editor

Capital punishment

Friday, March 23, 2007

Dear Editor,

This is in regard to the Open Line program on radio station 96KICX on the 20th of March.

The subject was on the capital punishment and should we keep it or get rid of it. Well, of course every one is entitled to their opinion. So, as I called in, I expressed my opinion as I do not believe in capital punishment due to the fact that in the Bible the Ten Commandments quotes "Thou shall not kill."

At that point, there was another caller who called in and gave a comment that the Bible says "thou shall not murder."

Well I wish to inform him that if he looks it up in the King James version, which is in Exodus chapter 20, it is very clear that the commandment reads "thou shall not kill," but in the NIV version of the Bible it does say "thou shall not murder."

Well there is no difference only because if you look up the word "kill" in the dictionary it says to destroy a life, and the word "murder" it says the unlawful (act) to kill a person.

Now I ask you is there really a difference between a murder of a person or to kill a person? Either way it puts a end to life.

Now let us remember that Jesus Christ died on the cross for all of our sins and we are to be forgiven for all of our sins which includes to kill some one and we may have a hard time in forgiving this person.

But let us remember that God will be the one to judge us when it is time.

I do not believe it is right for us to judge a person and put them to death just say an eye for eye and tooth for tooth. For two wrongs do not make it right.

God is the only one that should judge us. How would that person feel if it was their own son and or daughter or brother or sister or mother or father that killed someone and the people of the land ripped their clothing and stoned the person and hung them till they died? I believe that you would be in tears.

There could be people on death row who were found guilty of murder and did not do it, because how do we know that the person had done this crime.

Were we there (to) witness it with our own eyes?

A few days ago there was a person on a television show that was on death row for a period of six years and after a appeal it was reinvestigated and found new evidence that the person did not do the crime.

So I wonder how many others are having this same problem?

Just think of the person that has to push the button to kill this person that is believed to have murdered someone.

Let me remind you that only God knows of the truth and come judgment day what happens will happen. Also in the serenity prayer, it says "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change." There were people that were concerned about the tax dollar; well no matter how you look at it, the government would find any reason to tax us one way or the other.

I leave you with these thoughts, and like I said, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

Kevin Dunn


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