Summary

Colin Cohen begins his essay “No Death Penalty, No Easter Bunny” by arguing that it is false to assume that capital punishment is morally wrong. According to the writer, Christianity exists as a result of the death penalty.

He describes how God used to condemn wrongdoers to death in the beginning of time. Cohen uses examples from the Bible to shows that the death penalty was a common practice, such as the Old Testament laws about an eye for an eye. The writer rejects the idea that the Fifth Commandment ('thou shalt not kill') is against the death penalty because he argues that it still permits society as a whole to pass a death sentence.

Another argument in favor of capital punishment is the fact that Jesus Christ was also sentenced to death, and this must mean that God is not against the death penalty. Furthermore, Christianity and Easter would not have existed without the death of Christ and, implicitly, without the death penalty.

Cohen argues that the death penalty prevents crime. Cohen ...

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