There are few subjects of greater controversy within the conservative movement than the death penalty. There are deep divisions over this subject, partly because of God’s commandment, “Thou shalt not kill.” But, does this apply to the death penalty? Therein lies the controversy. It would seem absurd for conservatives to be against abortion and for the death penalty. What is the right answer? It is the belief of the Young Patriots for Liberty that the death penalty is a form of punishment that is necessary for two reasons. First, capital punishment is a biblical form of punishing murderers. Second, the death penalty is necessary because it affirms that human life is precious and valuable, and should not be ruthlessly and carelessly taken.
It should be known that the YPL’s contributors take this subject seriously, and do not pretend to be experts on this subject.
The death penalty is a practice which should be used only when strictly necessary according to the law. There are many emotions and opinions on this subject, and it is not the author’s intent to offend, hurt, or anger any readers; rather, it is the author’s intent to provide a biblical argument on the subject of capital punishment.
Exodus 21:12: “He that smiteth a man, so that he die, shall be surely put to death.”
The Bible makes it quite clear that murder should be punished by death. In God’s Word, murderers were punished by death because of God’s command that a murderer’s “blood is on his own head”. While much of the mosaic law — dietary and sacrificial laws — has been fulfilled by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the foundation of American law is still the Ten Commandments. There is the explicit command, “Thou shalt not kill,” in the Ten Commandments, and the punishment for murder is prescribed in Exodus twenty-one — death. God views human life as precious, and He views the taking of human life as a serious crime to be punished by death.
At this point, you may be asking, “How can you stand up against abortion, and yet support the death penalty?” We believe that abortion is murder. So, standing up for the unborn is standing against murder and those who commit it. Abortionists who claim to help mothers are harming them by murdering their children, and should be subject to the same justice as murderers. On the other hand, children are innocent, and murderers are not. The unborn have not committed any crimes worthy of death, and murderers have. Not only is it just to require the life of a murderer, but failure to do so is a breach of justice.
At this point I want to be clear: women should not suffer the death penalty for abortion. There are many women who are coerced into having an abortion, and would not have otherwise committed the deed. We believe that abortion should be outlawed. In the event of such legislation, a punishment would need to be instituted for the violation of such laws; however, the women themselves do not commit the act, and should not be capitally punished for it.
Human life is precious. From conception till death, life must be protected. When a murderer is not punished according to his crime, the justice system makes a statement that human life isn’t valuable. Those who would carelessly and ruthlessly take a life must be prepared to lose theirs. Those who live by the sword must die by the sword.