The Primate Diaries

Christianity and the Death Penalty


Of course, you can always count on World Nut Daily to explain the illogic of celebrating a victim of capital punishment while supporting its practice:

The reason capital punishment was necessary, God explained, was because human life was so special. There had to be a blood atonement for the death of an innocent man or woman.

There’s a much longer and detailed explanation of the absolute requirement for the death penalty in God’s economy in Numbers 35. That’s where we learn that the land is actually polluted by the unatoned shedding of innocent human blood. There’s more in Deuteronomy 19. Some of today’s queasy Christians might also be surprised to learn how many other sins required the death penalty under their God’s laws.

I would suggest to you the big “take-away” from any biblical study of the death penalty would suggest that it is the very basis of God’s rules for governance on Earth. It’s the very foundation. Take it away and you take away the very underpinning of a Judeo-Christian civilization.

Is that all it will take? I guess we know where to get started then.


  1. #1 Frank King
    January 10, 2010

    Great cartoon and something I always bring up when people wear the cross. Check this out

  2. #2 Rob Jase
    January 10, 2010

    Yes, bloodthirst is the foundation of the Abrahamic death cults.

    And the rest of us had better never forget it.

  3. #3 Noadi
    January 10, 2010

    It always puzzles me when Christians use the Old Testament as an argument when their own theology says that Jesus changed the rules. It’s cherry picking to say that is commanded by god but that the parts condoning slavery or barring the eating of shellfish aren’t.

  4. #4 EMJ
    January 10, 2010

    Many Christians, this wingnut included, justify it by quoting Matthew 5:17-18:

    Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

    Seems pretty clear that Jesus didn’t have any problems with the abuses of the Old Testament.

  5. #5 chris
    January 10, 2010

    But then again, Rom. 6:14-

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

  6. #6 Ollitapio P.
    January 11, 2010

    I think that capital punishment is allowance like divorge to our hard stones. I think that it is in contradiction with ten commands. Jesus didn´t accept revenge,but church made comppromise with caesar in politics. They could justify it with Old Testament. Now is possible put criminals in jail so capital punishment is not necessary. Revence is against Christ´s commands.

  7. #7 Very Virtuous Vigilante
    January 12, 2010

    Well, let’s see.

    A man rapes and murders little girls. Instead of hanging the sick perverted shit for brains, we as a modern (liberal) society choose (not me!) to place him in a five star hotel (modern prison), give him three meals a day, access to internet and cable television, any magazine he wants, etc.

    Damn! Maybe I should quit work and commit a crime. Seems like criminals have it better.

    The point here of course is that our modern society has become too soft on asshole criminals. A mass murderer or a serial rapists should definitely face the death penalty and yes it definitely should involve pain. The ACLU has screwed this nation up the ass so bad out throat hurts. Maybe we should just imprison the ACLU for obstruction of justice.

  8. #8 Anonymous
    January 19, 2010

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  9. #9 Frank Cornish
    January 24, 2010

    VVV – it is nice that we have people like you to set us straight on right and wrong. I am not a Christian, but one of the supposed messages of Teh Nice Testament is that anyone and everyone can be redeemed by God’s grace. Right? Even tax-collectors like Zaccheus! And there were none so murderous and foul as tax-collectors.

    Of course not, because that whole message of forgiveness and redemption doesn’t satisfy your own bloodlust for revenge.

    I think also, that if you had a nice “hotel” with a small cell, regimented lifestyle and a roommate who likes to find sex in anyway that you can you may want to re-consider your plans for how to spend the rest of your life.
    I am sure that the prisoners are perfectly content being treated like gerbils.

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