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Religious Views on Crime and Punishment Aims of Punishment Vindication

To pay the offender back for the crime – get even


To put the offender and others off committing the crimes because they do not want to incur the punishment


To help the offender change so that they will no longer want to commit future acts


To protect society from anti-social behaviour by stopping offenders repeating their actions


There is no point in having laws unless those breaking the laws are punished

You be the judge … Should Ian Huntley be given the death sentence for the murders of Jessica Chapman and Holly Wells? Give three arguments for the death sentence and three arguments against For the death sentence

Against the death sentence

What are religious views on punishment? Term

Supporting quote ‘As to the thief male or female cut off his other hand.’ The Qur’an Everyone must obey the state authorities, because no authority exists without God’s permission.’ The Bible If anyone injures his neighbour, whatever he had done must be done to him: fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth’ The Bible ‘You have heard that it was said “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.” But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.’ The Bible When a woman who had been caught in adultery was about to be put to death, Jesus said ‘If anyone of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone.’ He then told the woman to go and ‘leave your life of sin’ The Bible

Religious Quotes  

Quotes on the death penalty

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