Argument: Killing is never justified; the death penalty is no exception
Helen Prejean, author and inspiration of the 1995 film "Dead Man Walking" - If we believe that murder is wrong and not admissible in our society, then it has to be wrong for everyone, not just individuals but governments as well.
Hugo Adam Bedau. "The Case Against The Death Penalty". American Civil Liberties Union. 1992 - A decent and humane society does not deliberately kill human beings. An execution is a dramatic, public spectacle of official, violent homicide that teaches the permissibility of killing people to solve social problems -- the worst possible example to s et for society. In this century, governments have too often attempted to justify their lethal fury by the benefits such killing would bring to the rest Or society. The bloodshed is real and deeply destructive of the common decency of the community; the benefits are illusory.
Justice Samuel Kwadwo Asiamah, nominee to the Supreme Court of Ghana. 2 Mar. 2006. - As a staunch Christian, my religion abhors the taking of human life and so I think that capital punishment is not the ideal solution.
Rep. Carlos Jimenez, Mexican lawmaker, secretary of Congress' Foreign Affairs Committee, Houston Chronicle, 12 May 2004. - There is a consensus among Mexican political parties, that murder, in any form, is wrong.