PragerU Video: Is The Death Penalty Ever Moral?
While the death penalty, or capital punishment, is argued as being immoral by its opponents, the fact is allowing some murderers to keep their lives is immoral and contributes to the diminishing of human life.
Dennis Prager (creator of PragerU) uses an example in PragerU’s latest video from a heinous multiple murder in 2007. Two men broke into the home of Dr. William Petit, where they beat him with a baseball bat, raped and strangled his wife to death, then sexually assaulted his 11 year-old daughter before tying both daughters down onto a bed and setting the house on fire.
Opponents of capital punishment say that these men have a right to live. Killing them is the same as murdering the family, goes the argument.
However, when you allow murderers to live it “cheapens human life because it belittles murder,” said Prager. “Imagine that the punishment for murder were the same as the punishment for driving over the speed limit. Wouldn’t that belittle murder and thereby cheapen human life? Of course, it would. Society teaches how bad an action is by the punishment it metes out.”
Therefore, if you believe that capital punishment should be abolished, then you are actually saying murder isn’t all that bad.
We should instead condemn murder with all of our being, making clear that if you murder innocent people, your life, too, will be taken.
Prager also knocks down other arguments against the death penalty, such as “an innocent person may be executed.” However, this argument is dishonest. Even if there is “absolute proof of the murderer’s guilt” those opposed to the death penalty … still oppose it.
Besides, with today’s technology, “it is virtually impossible to execute an innocent person.”
“So, if you’re on the proverbial fence on this issue, please ask yourself this question: Do you really believe that the torturers, rapists, murderers of Dr. William Petit’s wife and daughters, and evil men like them, deserve to keep their lives? If you’re like most people, your answer is no. Your heart, your mind, your whole being cries out for some justice and fairness in this world.”
The full video can be seen below:
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