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SpeedingSlowly
Sat, Sep 22, 2012, 4:27pm (UTC -6)
Re: VOY S7: Repentance

Ahhh the age old death penalty conundrum. I've never had a problem with the death penalty. Actually, in cases where it's applied appropriately, I find it to be the most logical form of justice there is. You take a life with intent, you lose your life. Seems pretty straightforward. Now obviously that doesn't apply for things like theft or what not.
The view that the death penalty isn't part of a civilized society is nothing but opinion. The age's dominant civilization defines the rules, and it has varied over time what the rules are. The only argument that attempts to validate this belief as a truth that surpasses ages, is the view that evolution is turning man into something that science fiction writers envisioned. But, it's cultural-based fiction... and it usually ends up being the opinion from self-righteous people who define themselves and others who share that view as 'enlightened'.

I can understand WHY someone would't be pro-death penalty, and I certainly don't hate them for it or think they're stupid. But it just irritates me when a view like this starts being espoused as an absolute, when it does not have the support to be so.
That being said, no, this was not a favorite episode of mine. It was hardly a balanced approach... This was a sunday school lesson from the church of starfleet.
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