Does your religion support the death penalty?

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    A Buddhist says no. We take vows called the five precepts and the first one is not to kill.
     
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    Christians say yes. You are supposed to stone an unfaithful wife to death.
     
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    The RCC (my childhood religion) says no.
     
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    I doubt the modern Christian Church engages in stoning adulterers to death.

    The Buddhist Peace Fellowship, a California-based Buddhist social activist organization, wrote the following in an Oct. 2006 article posted to its website, titled "Buddhism and the Death Penalty":

    "As Engaged Buddhists, we believe that social and personal transformation are always possible, and that even wounded people can change contribute to life...

    We believe that capital punishment not only fails to serve as deterrence to violence and murder, but that it nourishes the seeds of violence that exist within each of us.

    We believe that there is no fair or practical way to arrive at a sentence of death...

    To continue with capital punishment in its present state means that more innocent people are bound to die."

    Oct. 2006 - Buddhist Peace Fellowship (BPF)
    Does Buddhism support the death penalty? - Death Penalty - ProCon.org
     
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    No death penalty for RCC?
     
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    Christians sure support death as vengence.
     
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    as maddie said, the Catholic Church in the USA does not support our death penalty laws in the various states that have them.
     
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    Two of our major Buddhist saints, Angulimala and Milarepa were murderers and they turned their lives around and became fully enlightened, and ended up helping thousands and thousands of people.
     
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    Thanks Care and Maddie,

    It's good to know whe is a ally in this issue.

    Here is a link to some official statements of various religions:
    http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/religion-and-death-penalty
     
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    "Ally" might be putting it a bit strongly. When's the last time you saw the RCC pour millions into an ad campaign to repeal the death penalty?
     

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