From: Paul Hughes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>>Brian D Williams wrote:
>> I oppose the electric chair, the gas chamber, and hanging, on
>>the grounds there is no need to be brutal.
>> Ahimsa, is a wonderful idea, but has it's exceptions in my book.
>Are these exceptions for you the conflict between Ahimsa's
>non-injury philosophy and the injury necessary to cause death for
>those sentenced under the death penalty?
I have always used the definition for Ahimsa as "to cause no unnecessary harm."
The death penalty I feel unfortunately is a necessary harm.
I think my matter-of-factness about it confuses some people. I don't "like" the death penalty, I just think it is the appropriate punishment. I wish it weren't necessary, but I'm quite sure it is, and have yet to be convinced otherwise.
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