This is a powerful ad; but the other side could easily produce an equally powerful response showing a suffering yet alert person, so the ad wars are dangerous. I'm frankly not sure that starting one is a good idea.
Ad war? Bring it on. Stop this truly dreadful practice before it gets a foothold. I find it as horrifying as abortion. It's sickening.
I've got a question about the Church's teaching on killing. Abortion is out, this is out, what about the death penalty? is there a firm teaching or not? Thanks.
The best response is, if there is any other option, the death penalty should be avoided. That being said, a government's primary purpose is to protect its citizens.Al had a great observation on this, however- Secular cultures engaging in death penalties believe they are permanently ending a life, unlike religious cultures who believe they are sending the individual to judgement before God (who, in His mercy, could atone for any injustice) Because of this, the death penalty in secular nations is akin to damnation- it is viewed as an eternal punishment, one that we aren't allowed to make. In that sense, capital punishment can be considered quite immoral.So, basically, we view capital punishment to be a last resort only method, used only in extreme circumstances and for public protection, not individual punishment.
Thank you. Very helpful. So it means that in a country like ours, where we have high security prisons, the death penalty should not be used. I don't know if I agree. I want revenge, honestly, for the Boston bombings.