"One objection is metaphorical: capital punishment is like state-sponsored murder. If murder is forbidden by the state, then the state should be forbidden from murdering its citizens. This objection fails. Take other metaphors: imprisonment is state-sponsored kidnapping or levying fines is state-sponsored extortion. Neither is .."
"Capital punishment is like suicide. This argument is that the criminal, by choosing to commit a particular crime has also chosen to surrender his life to the state if caught. Even when there is question of the execution of a condemned man, the State does not dispose of the individual's right to life. In this case it ."
"St Thomas Aquinas said that Capital Punishment is like amputating a diseased limb to protect the body. This was, and still is, the official teaching of the Catholic Church. The only thing that has changed is whether it is prudent to amputate the limb in a specific situation."
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