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29 January 2014

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West Papuans would be challenging the thoughts of Christian's idea of "if someone slaps you on the cheek, then turn to them the other cheek also."

If a criminal tortures and rapes your daughter as is happening in West Papua, do you really expect the father to turn over his other daughter to the criminal so she can receive the same treatment?

Sorry, some crimes cannot be forgiven

The main problem with the death penalty is that it is pretty hard to correct a mistake once the sentence has been carried out. The depressingly large number of such cases in the US is clear testimony to this fact. Also, it is hard to avoid the fact that a deliberate execution is a deeply confronting action to take.

That said, I remain convinced that there are some cases (albeit rare) where the offence is so heinous and the accused so utterly beyond redemption, that death is indeed the appropriate penalty. For this reason, I think that the death penalty should continue to exist as society's ultimate sanction. However, I acknowledge that you would need to follow a very exhaustive judicial process before actually carrying out an execution and that, most of the time, commuting the sentence to life without parole would be the eventual outcome.

We can only hope that PNG will not make a hash of the implementation of this terrible penalty. Somehow, I suspect that this will be what happens.

Peter. That I wouldn't know, but I suppose most of them are on the line of George Bush Jr. etc. From my very personal point of view they are not Christians yet...

It was my understanding that the death penalty has "always" been on the books in PNG, it just wasn't actually used?
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That's correct, Justin - KJ

And, Father Giorgio, undoubtedly all those pushing for the death penalty profess to be Christians.

I wonder how they can reconcile capital punishment with these words of Christ?...

Matthew 5:38-48 (NIV) -

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles. Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

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