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National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 pm
by egon
National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

I don't know how many of you are living in the USA, but I figure this organization may be something you can get behind.

Re: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:13 am
by VividAwareness
egon wrote: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 pm National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

I don't know how many of you are living in the USA, but I figure this organization may be something you can get behind.
Can you tell us why you think Dharma practitioners might want to get behind this?

Re: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:31 am
by Wizard in the Forest
Because the death penalty is immoral.

Re: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:19 pm
by egon
VividAwareness wrote: Thu Jun 14, 2018 1:13 am
egon wrote: Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:16 pm National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

I don't know how many of you are living in the USA, but I figure this organization may be something you can get behind.
Can you tell us why you think Dharma practitioners might want to get behind this?
That's a great question, in that it required me to investigate why I believe this. First, a few links:

http://www.buddhanet.net/e-learning/dha ... /fdd20.htm
http://ccbs.ntu.edu.tw/FULLTEXT/JR-PHIL/damin2.htm
http://www.buddhisma2z.com/content.php?id=69
http://www.engaged-zen.org/articles/Dam ... hment.html

On the other hand, I understand that there are and have been many different ways that Buddhists practice, many Buddhist teachers who have interpreted the suttas in different ways, and many changes of the dogma and stances on issues which have, over the years, reflected the cultures in which the Dharma has taken root. As such, not all Buddhists are against the death penalty- which is also a viewpoint that is expressed publicly:

http://prodpquotes.info/prodp/default/v ... s-buddhism

After considering all of the information I've found, and after reading the posts on this and other forums, I believe that the users of DWE are likely to oppose capital punishment. If anyone thinks I've come to this conclusion erroneously, I'm open to hear any criticism or views that could broaden my perspective.

Re: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 8:40 pm
by Dorje Shedrub
Killing, regardless of who does it, violates right action and the first precept.

DS

Re: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:30 pm
by VividAwareness
I support abolishing the death penalty because it is a colossal state-approved and funded barbaric failure of imagination that gives tacit permission and encouragement to society to be violent and to see killing as an acceptable conflict resolution method ... because "if the state can kill its citizens, then what the heck ... so can I".

I support abolishing the death penalty because it values revenge over rehabilitation.

I support abolishing the death penalty because it turns far too many of the victim's family and friends into revenge seeking subhuman mobs calling for blood ... which damages them as they do it.

I support abolishing the death penalty because no matter what a person did to find themselves in that hot seat can be directly related to social factors beyond that person's control that significantly contributed to the conditions resulting in being hot seated.

I support it because even one innocent person executed is an indictment of the system that executed the person and of the whole society.

https://www.innocenceproject.org/ has saved 350 innocent people from being executed to date. They always need donations to keep working to save other innocent people who have been sentenced to death.

Re: National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Posted: Thu Jun 14, 2018 11:10 pm
by egon
VividAwareness wrote: Thu Jun 14, 2018 10:30 pm I support abolishing the death penalty because it is a colossal state-approved and funded barbaric failure of imagination that gives tacit permission and encouragement to society to be violent and to see killing as an acceptable conflict resolution method ... because "if the state can kill its citizens, then what the heck ... so can I".

I support abolishing the death penalty because it values revenge over rehabilitation.

I support abolishing the death penalty because it turns far too many of the victim's family and friends into revenge seeking subhuman mobs calling for blood ... which damages them as they do it.

I support abolishing the death penalty because no matter what a person did to find themselves in that hot seat can be directly related to social factors beyond that person's control that significantly contributed to the conditions resulting in being hot seated.

I support it because even one innocent person executed is an indictment of the system that executed the person and of the whole society.

https://www.innocenceproject.org/ has saved 350 innocent people from being executed to date. They always need donations to keep working to save other innocent people who have been sentenced to death.
Ok. It appears I had you pegged correctly. Great! Well if you're in the USA the link in the original post may be of interest to you.