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Abolishing The Death Penalty Quotes


"The death penalty experiment has failed." - Harry A Blackmun

"The death penalty makes us all murderers." - Dean Smith

"Remember, the death penalty is murder." - Robert Drew

"I am against the death penalty." - Andrew Cuomo

"I believe in the death penalty." - James Dobson

"People who change their religion should face the death penalty." - Zakir Naik

"God in His law requires the death penalty for homosexuals." - R.J. Rushdoony

"The death penalty is reserved for people who do not" - Paul Simon

"I'm actually really opposed to the death penalty." - Bill Paxton

"A far greater factor than abolishing poverty is the deterrent effect of swift and certain consequences: swift arrest, prompt trial, certain penalty and - at some point - finality of judgment." - Warren E Burger

"You can't reconcile being pro-life on abortion and pro-death on the death penalty." - N T Wright

"My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty." - Andrew Cuomo

"I was personally opposed to the death penalty, and yet I think I have probably asked for the death penalty more than most people in the United States." - Janet Reno

"The death penalty only should be - if you agree with it, which I don't, only allowed for murder. You have to murder someone to get the death penalty." - Jesse Ventura

"Had it not been for slavery, the death penalty would have likely been abolished in America. Slavery became a haven for the death penalty." - Angela Davis

"The attorney general doesn't favor one method or the other, he favors the death penalty." - Bob Butterworth

"The penalty for planting the wrong thing in the wrong place is death." - Cassandra Danz

"I want to accelerate, not slow down, the enforcement of the death penalty in Florida." - Jeb Bush

"I'm very glad that [the death penalty] hasn't existed for many years in the U.K." - Hilary Swank

"Homicide's illegal and death is the penalty What justifies the homicide when he dies?" - Masta Killa

"The system is not perfect. Until it's perfect, let's do away with the death penalty." - Kinky Friedman

"If the death penalty is to be abolished, let those gentlemen, the murderers, do it first." - Alphonse Karr

"The death penalty is being applied in the United States as a fatal lottery." - Bianca Jagger

"I believe that the death penalty is the ultimate deterrent to violent crime...period." - Troy King

"[I support] term limits for career politicians and the death penalty for career politicians." - Bill Frist

"We need to acknowledge that the death penalty is broken beyond repair." - George Gascon

"The death penalty doesn't need your assent to continue ... it needs your indifference." - Ray Krone

"People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty." - Ruth Bader Ginsburg

"I have evolved to where I don't think the death penalty is effective." - Evelyn Lundberg Stratton

"The death penalty is inhumane... whether that person is in a [jail] or it's bin Laden." - Danny Glover

"I am not anti-death penalty, but I'm damned sure anti-the-wrong-guy-getting-executed." - Kinky Friedman

"Life is indeed precious, and I believe the death penalty helps affirm this fact." - Ed Koch

"I'm excited we can be part of making the death penalty history." - Shane Claiborne

"If you're stealing a television, that should not be the death penalty." - Jesse Ventura

"I think life is sacred, whether it's abortion or the death penalty." - Tim Kaine

"Personally I am very much against the death penalty for several reasons." - Alan Parker

"Other states are trying to abolish the death penalty... mine's putting in an express lane." - Ron White

"We have abolished the death penalty for humans, so why should it continue for animals?" - Brigitte Bardot

"First of all, it does not deter crime, the death penalty." - Patricia Cornwell

"The death penalty is becoming a way of life in this country." - Dennis Miller

"The death penalty is discriminatory and does not do anything about crime." - Bobby Scott

"McVeigh's lawyer got him the death penalty, which, quite frankly, I could have done." - Jon Stewart

"I support the death penalty and will continue to do that." - Rick Santorum

"I'm for a stronger death penalty." - George W Bush

"More prisons, more enforcement, effective death penalty." - Jerry Weller

"The biggest government waste: The death penalty. An individual death-penalty case could climb to $100 million, much of it spent at the litigation level. Also, DNA evidence has exonerated nearly 300 death-row inmates." - John Mclaughlin

"Abolishing the book is like abolishing the symphony, or sonata form, or the sonnet, or the wall painting." - David Gelernter

"Only the doctor and the judge have the right to inflict the death penalty without receiving the same." - Philemon

"As a member of the New York Senate from 1966 to 1989, I voted 12 times to establish the death penalty in New York... I regret my votes in favor of the death penalty." - John R. Dunne

"Many states and even many people who are in support of the death penalty question their support of the death penalty because of the imperfection of our courts. Through DNA testing, we don't always get it right, even with that." - Rand Paul

"I don't want a moratorium on the death penalty. I want the abolition of it. I can't understand why a country [USA] that's so committed to human rights doesn't find the death penalty an obscenity." - Desmond Tutu

"I don't think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don't think that?s right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people?s lives." - George W Bush

"I don't think you should support the death penalty to seek revenge. I don't think that's right. I think the reason to support the death penalty is because it saves other people's lives." - George W Bush

"You know, the Bible is so clear. Go to Genesis chapter nine and you will find the death penalty clearly stated in Genesis chapter nine... God ordains the death penalty!" - Rafael Cruz

"I think [the death penalty is] very expensive, and the delays are inordinate, delaying closure for the victims' families." - Rob Mckenna

"Given the irreversibility of the death penalty, the possibility of a wrongful conviction can never be overstated" - George Gascon

"Jesus has borne the death penalty on our behalf. Behold the wonder! There He hang upon the cross!" - Charles Spurgeon

"For me the hardest struggle in my faith life was the Catholic Church is against the death penalty." - Tim Kaine

"May the death penalty, an unworthy punishment still used in some countries, be abolished throughout the world." - Pope John Paul Ii

"It is proper that we acknowledge the overwhelming weight of international opinion against the juvenile death penalty." - Anthony Kennedy

"We're also the only country that has the Death Penalty. That's something to boast about, isn't it?" - Tony Randall

"I come from the state of Michigan. We were the first English-speaking government in the world to outlaw the death penalty, back in the 1840s. We have never had, as a state, the death penalty in Michigan. I was raised with that, and even Republicans in Michigan, nobody would even think of putting a measure on the ballot to have the death penalty." - Michael Moore

"I support guns and I support the death penalty. Half of my interviews are convincing liberals they're not liberal." - Ann Coulter

"As a Christian, as an individual, as a doctor, I am absolutely opposed to the death penalty." - Joycelyn Elders

"Most conservatives also believe in the death penalty, but not abortion, which proves they like to procrastinate." - Margaret Cho

"The death penalty would be even more effective, as a deterrent, if we executed a few innocent people more often." - Edward Abbey

"The death penalty symbolizes whom we fear and don't fear, whom we care about and whose lives are not valid." - Bryan Stevenson

"I am passionately opposed to the death penalty for anyone . . . I think, myself, that it is an obscenity . . ." - Desmond Tutu

"Now I am dedicating that life to campaigning against the death penalty and raising awareness about human rights." - Hafez Ibrahim

"I support the death penalty. But I also think there has to be no margin for error." - George Ryan

"I think we've misinterpreted some of the scriptures to justify the death penalty. So whereas a lot of folks in America feel like we can do far better justice&8202; - &8202;it's more expensive to do the death penalty than the alternatives&8202; - &8202;there's so many reasons that people come to the conclusion to abolish the death penalty." - Shane Claiborne

"According to the L.A. Times, Attorney General John Ashcroft wants to take "a harder stance" on the death penalty. What's a harder stance on the death penalty? We're already killing the guy? How do you take a harder stance on the death penalty? What, are you going to tickle him first? Give him itching powder? Put a thumbtack on the electric chair?" - Jay Leno

"Because the Illinois death penalty system is arbitrary and capricious - and therefore immoral - I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death." - George Ryan

"There's a second life involved. No matter what your position is on abortion or the death penalty, you shouldn't put a pregnant woman to death." - George H W Bush

"The death penalty serves no one. It doesn't serve the victims. It doesn't serve prevention. It's truly all about retribution....There comes a time when you have to ask if a penalty that is so permanent can be available in such an imperfect system. The only guarantee against executing the innocent is to do away with the death penalty." - Jeanne Woodford

"California's death penalty is ... an incredibly costly penalty, and the money would be better spent keeping kids in school, keeping teachers and counselors in their schools and giving the juvenile justice system the resources it needs." - Gil Garcetti

"he task of abolishing the essence of Jewry is in truth the task of abolishing Jewry in civil society, abolishing the inhumanity of today's practice of life, the summit of which is the money system." - Karl Marx

"[T]he task of abolishing the essence of Jewry is in truth the task of abolishing Jewry in civil society, abolishing the inhumanity of today's practice of life, the summit of which is the money system." - Karl Marx

"The Bible identifies 15 crimes against the family worthy of the death penalty. ABORTION is treason against the family and deserves the DEATH PENALTY. ADULTERY is treason to the family; adulterers should be put to DEATH. HOMOSEXUALITY is treason to the family, and it too, is worthy of DEATH." - R.J. Rushdoony

"If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by our friends the murderers." - Alphonse Karr

"Eliminating the death penalty...will not hinder the prosecutorial capacity to seek, or the court's ability to impose, 'life without parole' sentences for serious, heinous crimes and criminals." - Scott Harshbarger

"Those of us who spent time in the agricultural sector and in the heartland, we understand how unfair the death penalty is." - George W Bush

"If society gives up the right to impose the death penalty, then self-help will appear again and personal vendettas will be around the corner." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Prosecutors must reveal the dirty little secret they too often share only among themselves: The death penalty actually hinders the fight against crime." - Robert M. Morgenthau

"The court was not previously aware of the prisoner's many accomplishments. In view of these, we see fit to impose the death penalty." - Quentin Crisp

"I began to suspect that the ultimate sacrifice isn't death after all; the ultimate sacrifice is willingly bearing the fullest penalty for your own actions." - Orson Scott Card

"Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death." - Marquis De Sade

"If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by my friends the murderers." - Alphonse Karr

"'Til the infallibility of human judgements shall have been proved to me, I shall demand the abolition of the penalty of death." - Marquis De Sade

"Judged by the law of England, I know this crime entails upon me the penalty of death; but the history of Ireland explains that crime and justifies it." - Thomas Francis Meagher

"Almost all the early Christian Fathers were opposed to the death penalty, even though it was of course standard practice across the ancient world." - N T Wright

"That's why I'm a big supporter of the death penalty. I want to be the hangman. I would put many more people to death like the kids who want to kill other people, I'd put 'em to death." - Gene Simmons

"The death penalty issue is obviously a divisive one. But whether one is for or against, you can not deny the basic illogic - if we know the system is flawed, if we know there are innocent people on Death Row, then until the system is reformed, should we not abandon the death penalty to protect those who are innocent?" - Richard Lagravenese

"I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty." - Margaret Thatcher

"I don't want to put one innocent person to death to put 99 that are guilty to death. So philosophically I'm a tooth-for-tooth guy, but the reality is the death penalty as public policy is flawed." - Gary Johnson

"I'm for the death penalty, I'm pro-abortion, I'm pro-assisted suicide, I'm pro-regular suicide. Anything that'll get the traffic moving." - Bill Maher

"I Don't Want To Live Long. I Would Rather Get The Death Penalty Than Spend The Rest Of My Life In Prison" - Theodore Kaczynski

"The abolition of the death penalty is making us a civilized society. It shows we actually do mean business when we say we have reverence for life." - Desmond Tutu

"I agree with Thomas Jefferson, who once wrote that he would support the death penalty only when the infallibility of human judgment had been demonstrated." - Paul Jacob

"It's a phony issue. To pretend the death penalty is going to end crime in the United States is to fool people, to promote public ignorance." - Rudy Giuliani

"I think a lot of people view the death penalty as a debate class or something. The cost and what's at stake is really, really a big deal." - Shane Claiborne

"The trouble with the death penalty has always been that nobody wanted it for everybody, but everybody differed about who should get off." - Albert Pierrepoint

"I haven't committed all the crimes in my movies, I would have gotten the death penalty many years ago if I had." - John Waters

"The death penalty can be tolerated only by extreme statist reactionaries who demand a state that is so powerful that it has the right to kill." - Noam Chomsky

"If the law imposed the death penalty for parking tickets, we'd not only have fewer parking tickets, we'd also have much less driving." - Lawrence Lessig

"When I arrived in France aged 20, I marched against the death penalty, which was an unpopular thing to protest against at the time." - Jane Birkin

"I stood up to the liberal elite when they came to our state (Alabama) and tried to eliminate the death penalty, we won, they lost." - Troy King

"I am not a proponent of the death penalty, but I will enforce the law as this Congress gives it to us." - Eric Holder

"Paris Hilton got 45 days in jail. A lot of people were upset about this - they were hoping for the death penalty." - Jay Leno

"This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a lot. I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases." - George W Bush

"Conservatives should question how the death penalty actually works in order to stay true to small government, reduction in wasteful spending, and respect for human life." - Jay Sekulow

"If one of our fellow citizens can be executed with so much doubt surrounding his guilt, then the death penalty system in our country is unjust and outdated." - Jimmy Carter

"My main area of activism is the death penalty, and it will continue to be once this crisis is over with." - Steve Earle

"It is well-nigh obvious that those who are in favor of the death penalty have more affinities with murderers than those who oppose it." - Remy De Gourmont

"Standing alone among great democratic nations in imposing the death penalty is another moral decision that Americansare being forced to confront." - Jimmy Carter

"My overriding belief is that it is always possible for criminals to improve and that by its very finality the death penalty contradicts this." - Dalai Lama

"At some point in this death-penalty debate, the sanctity of innocent life demands that men and women of conservative conscience have to say: Enough." - Rod Dreher

"In Texas, we have the death penalty, and we use it. That's right. If you come to Texas and kill somebody, we will kill you back." - Ron White

"Now let me get this straight. Bush is anti-abortion, but pro-death penalty. I guess it's all in the timing, huh?" - Dennis Miller

"I can't talk politics with my cousin because he's such a hypocrite. He's against the death penalty and he hanged himself." - Anthony Jeselnik

"I find that students are very strong on my issues, stronger than anyone: anti-death penalty, anti-racial profiling, campaign finance reform, questioning the anti-terrorism bill." - Russ Feingold

"It's very rare that someone gets the death penalty for charges of conspiracy, for his influence, for his Svengali-Rasputin act." - Raymond Pettibon

"Most people are not affected by [the death penalty]. It's like how many people are actually sent to Iraq and Afghanistan? Such a small percentage." - Susan Sarandon

"We have a legal system, and we have a penal code. We have the death penalty in Saudi Arabia, and people should respect this." - Adel al-Jubeir

"It is fairly obvious that those who are in favor of the death penalty have more affinity with assassins than those who are not." - Remy De Gourmont

"I support the death penalty because I believe, if administered swiftly and justly, capital punishment is a deterrent against future violence and will save other innocent lives." - George W Bush

"have conned the American people into thinking there is such a thing as a pro-life, pro-war, pro-gun, pro-death penalty Christian." - Janeane Garofalo

"I would not execute certain people. They should be hooked off their balls. - Fraga's answer to Are you as a professor against the death penalty?" - Manuel Fraga Iribarne

"[Conservative talk radio hosts] have conned the American people into thinking there is such a thing as a pro-life, pro-war, pro-gun, pro-death penalty Christian." - Janeane Garofalo

"I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato and some other philosophers, that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate." - Jack Kevorkian

"After Chernobyl, thousands and thousands of people, if not millions, were given a death penalty and had to pay the price, our father among them." - Wladimir Klitschko

"In Alabama this would be a capital case, and if we don't get justice in Australia we're going to pursue the death penalty here" - Troy King

"The only sane policy for the world is that of abolishing war." - Linus Pauling

"The present struggle seems less about abolishing big government than about who gets to use it." - William Greider

"Sculpture and painting have the effect of teaching us manners and abolishing hurry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"By abolishing private property one takes away the human love of aggression." - Sigmund Freud

"The penalty of leadership is loneliness." - H. Wheeler Robinson

"The penalty of death is the only one that makes an injustice absolutely irreparable; from which it follows that the existence of the death penalty implies that one is exposed to committing an irreparable injustice; from which it follows that it is unjust to establish it. This reasoning appears to us to have the force of a demonstration." - Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet

"I am afraid that it would be a mockery of justice if the death penalty is not imposed. And therefore I pleaded that there are maximum aggravating circumstances, which supersede the mitigating circumstances. And there is not a single mitigating circumstance which speaks in favor of the accused, and therefore all the accused deserve (the) death penalty." - Ujjwal Nikam

"I regard the death penalty as a savage and immoral institution that undermines the moral and legal foundations of society. I reject the notion that the death penalty has any essential deterrent effect on potential offenders. I am convinced that the contrary is true - that savagery begets only savagery." - Andrei Sakharov

"The Catholic understanding has been that the death penalty has been become, like, outdated because in industrialized countries. We have other ways of protecting societies from dangerous people without killing them. And in fact, it's important to remember that much of the world has done away with the death penalty." - Shane Claiborne

"no study has brought out any solid evidence that the death penalty deters crime. In fact, Amnesty reports that 'the murder rate in states which use the death penalty is twice that of states which do not, according to FBI statistics." - Antoinette Bosco

"I cannot see any of these death penalty cases where there hasn't been a violation on the ground of either poverty or race. If we can ever get that straightened out, it will help. But, of course, the real answer to it is to do away with the death penalty." - Harry A Blackmun

"Death has no sting to a Believer. Once death was the penalty of sin-sin being forgiven, the penalty ceases and Christians do not die, now, as a punishment for their sin, but they die that they may be prepared to live!" - Charles Spurgeon

"There has never been any evidence that the death penalty reduces capital crimes or that crimes increased when executions stopped. Tragic mistakes are prevalent...It is clear that there are overwhelming ethical, financial, and religious reasons to abolish the death penalty." - Jimmy Carter

"I found that the death penalty&8202; - &8202;and I'm not a hot-button issue person, you know, I'm not a single issue person&8202; - &8202;but what I think drew me to the death penalty is because it raises some very deep, fundamental questions like: Is anybody beyond redemption?" - Shane Claiborne

"When you poll snake person Christians, Christians born after 1980, it's like 80% of them are against the death penalty. It's not because they've thrown out their faith, but it's because of their faith they can't reconcile the death penalty with Jesus and their commitment to Jesus." - Shane Claiborne

"The death penalty has succeeded in America, not in spite of Christians, but because of us. The Bible Belt is the Death Belt. Wherever Christians are most concentrated is where executions are happening, and that's deeply troubling to me." - Shane Claiborne

"From this day forward, I no longer shall tinker with the machinery of death. ... I fell morally and intellectually obligated simply to concede that the death penalty experiment has failed." - Harry A Blackmun

"The advent of DNA testing, and the number of convictions thrown out, has confirmed that we've put LOTS of innocent people to death. There need not be any other argument against death penalty." - Gene Weingarten



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