South Africa dropped the death penalty some years back. In a way, I think that's a good thing, although I realize that there are also arguments in its favour. My brother on the other hand, doesn't agree.
Its rather strange that we should differ as we do, because I'm an agnostic with atheist leanings and have no reason to be forgiving for the sake of my let's-hope-its-immortal-but-it seems-unlikely soul.
He, on the other hand should be full of forgiveness and hope that the evil will find God and forgiveness before they die. This implies that the evildoer should live as long as possible in order to increase his chances of attaining this end before kicking the bucket and departing this mortal coil.
Once this sinner has been through the repentance rigmarole he is automatically washed whiter than snow, becomes more innocent than a baby (who has original sin just for being human) and should therefore not be punished any more. In fact, they should let him go. Why should mankind hold grudges when God has already forgiven? Are we questioning His judgement? Maybe I'm interpreting my brother's faith too stringently though - only he is supposed to be a fundamentalist
He's very cross with me about the death penalty issue, but perhaps I should explain why. One day, on a road-trip he was holding forth at length on the subject and passionately declared that he not only felt that the death penalty should be re-instated, but that executions should be gory and held in public.
All I asked was whether he'd be swinging the axe or standing in the front row cheering. Now he's offended. I don't understand it one bit. Tch! My brother.
Today's pic: A young executioner of rodents - now that I approve of!