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Dear Editor:

According to the article (The Sentinel, July 26, Nation&World) "US to execute inmates," the heading gives the impression that it is wrong to carry out laws that deter chaos. I'm having a hard time reconciling the fact that those who advocate life for the guilty also advocate death for the innocent.

How can that be? Of the seven things that God hates, one is the "hands that shed innocent blood" (Proverbs 6:17). How much more innocent can an unborn or post-born child be? And, "whoever takes a human life (via murder) shall surely be put to death" (Leviticus 24:17). Abortion is murder! Accordingly the government, as instituted by God, "does not bear the sword in vain" (Romans 13), which includes the institution of capital punishment. Sadly "because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil" (Ecclesiastes 8:11). The death penalty should serve as a deterrent but also needs to be recognized as punishment to the one subject to such since without these and other laws there is chaos.

Why so much passion for the guilty (which includes benefits for those here illegally) and such abhorrence toward the innocent? By innocent I mean the unborn or once born, and by guilty I mean those who, through premeditation, decide to act out their lawless behaviors. The punishment should always fit the crime.

We live in a democratic republic, "under God," with all its freedoms as citizens of this sovereign nation; freedoms which are slowly being eroded by "feelings" as opposed to intelligence, wisdom and a Divine sense of morality. The founders warned of this and must be proverbially rolling in their graves.

Charles F. Yana II

Carlisle

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