Do you believe child rapists should get the death penalty, whether or not they?ve killed the child?
I was going to post the following as a comment on her blog, but it started getting lengthy, so I figured I’d just post it here as a full post instead.
I teeter on whether I feel it’s OK to execute a child rapist. I guess if I had to vote on it I might vote execution to be OK, but then again I might not. But regardless, while I respect the US Supreme Court’s ruling, I feel it’s another stab against states’ rights. This ruling FIRST came down in 1977, when the US Supreme Court banned execution of rapists back then. The only difference now is that it has been reinforced in regards to when children are the victim.
I don’t find anything in the US Constitution that affirms death for child rapists is cruel. And honestly I think if given an opportunity, the 5 who voted against the death penalty today would outlaw it for all cases, if presented the right opportunity.
Justice Anthony Kennedy said:
The death penalty is not a proportional punishment for the rape of a child,
I don’t find this talk of “proportional punishment” in the Constitution and death for a child rapist is not “cruel” or “unusual”. Proportional punishment for a rapist would be to have them raped as many times as they had raped someone else. It would have to be done in a manner that knowingly disturbed the rapist’s sensibilities, so they actually felt they were “raped” as they did to their victim. I’m sure our US Supreme Court would call that “cruel” and I’d have to agree. We could say someone getting a year in prison for stealing an apple is not necessarily “proportional”, but it’s certainly not “cruel” either. Making an example of a thief is not a bad thing. So this whole talk of “proportional punishment” is a bit lame. If I stole a US Supreme Court justice’s car and was caught, would that justice be OK with simply taking my personal car as punishment? Instead of having me tried, convicted and spending time in prison for theft? Especially since during the time in prison (and black mark on my record for the rest of my life) I’d likely lose way more in potential income than the price of either car. So you can tell I’m not buying the “proportional punishment” argument one bit.
These are continual slaps against states having the right to do much of anything.
In time, homosexuals will be granted so-called “marriage rights” by this court. But just because man’s government declares it does not mean God affirms it.
Luke 23:41, One thief on the cross understood the sentence he received from government was just for his deeds. And never was it said by Christ or His apostles that government bearing the sword against criminal activity was unjust, Romans 13. Certainly we all deserved eternal damnation because we all were sinners and praise God some of us have been granted God’s saving grace. But God allows the governments of man to bear a sword for when someone must be removed from this life for an orderly society. I think our allowing states to decide was best, but they have been overruled by the US Supreme Court and we have to respect that ruling while it is the law of the land.
I’m not sure what happened to the US Constitution in all of this, but obviously we moved from considering that document a long time ago.
Mr. President,” one aide in the meeting said. “There is a valid case that the provisions in this law undermine the Constitution.”
“Stop throwing the Constitution in my face,” Bush screamed back. “It’s just a god*****d piece of paper!”
So we have many in our government who don’t consider the Constitution much.
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