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How does a Christian support the death penalty?
A protestor holds a sign calling for Georgia state officials to halt the scheduled execution of convicted cop killer Troy Davis.
September 23rd, 2011
10:10 AM ET

How does a Christian support the death penalty?

By John Blake, CNN

(CNN) - The debate over the execution of Troy Davis may have ended in the legal system, but it's continuing in the faith arena.

A day after Davis was executed in Georgia for the 1989 shooting death of Mark MacPhail, an off-duty police officer, one contributor to The Daily Beast asked this question:

How can a “pro-life” Christian support the death penalty?

It’s a question that will probably find its way into some sermons this Sunday. Lee Siegel, though, didn’t want to wait that long to dive into the debate. He says in his piece for The Daily Beast that Davis’ conviction has a “thick cloud of doubt hanging over it.”

Siegel didn’t go into those details, but they’re well known by now. Since Davis' 1991 trial, seven of the nine witnesses against him have recanted or contradicted their testimony. The U.S. Supreme Court ordered a district court in Savannah to review his claims of innocence in 2009, but District Judge William Moore ruled the following year that the evidence did "not require the reversal of the jury's judgment."

Doubts about Davis’ guilt persisted, though, and helped draw international attention to his case. Pope Benedict, South African anti-apartheid leader Desmond Tutu and former President Jimmy Carter said the execution should have been called off.

Siegel says when he heard Wednesday that Davis’ case was in the hands of the Supreme Court, he thought “justice would be done” because three of the court’s justices are “devout” Catholics (actually five of the court’s members are Catholic).

Siegel then invokes the concept of Catholic “seamlessness.”

According to that doctrine, a moral stance that places human life above any consideration has to be consistent with other situations in which human life is at issue. If you are pro-life, you must also be against assisted suicide, against war in most cases, and absolutely against the death penalty, for the sake of moral consistency.

Catholics are Christians, which leads to another question: How can a Christian justify support for the death penalty?

Some Christian supporters of the death penalty cite the biblical call for an “eye for an eye.” Yet that passage comes from the Old Testament. Christian doctrine is ultimately based on the New Testament and the actions of Jesus.

What do you think? Is there anything in the New Testament that justifies support for the death penalty?

- CNN Writer

Filed under: Belief • Bible • Catholic Church • Christianity • Church • Courts • Culture wars • Death • Ethics • Pope Benedict XVI

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  1. NostalgicTreasures

    Jesus commanded us to keep the moral laws of Moses, fulfilling by Himself all the ritual and ethnic laws of Moses. Execution of vicious criminals such as murderers is the right thing in His sight. The secular West is far short in justice in God's perspectives. Human societies cannot establish either permanent peace or justice.

    September 25, 2011 at 3:26 am |
  2. DrAmerica

    The fact that any Christian could support the death penalty is beyond mind boggling. Christ himself, the founder of Christianity, was wrongfully executed at the hands of the state. What greater cause for holy objection to capital punishment than that?

    September 25, 2011 at 2:02 am |
    • Reality

      The Apostles' Creed 2011: (updated by yours truly based on the studies of NT historians and theologians during the past 200 years)

      Should I believe in a god whose existence cannot be proven
      and said god if he/she/it exists resides in an unproven,
      human-created, spirit state of bliss called heaven?????

      I believe there was a 1st century CE, Jewish, simple,
      preacher-man who was conceived by a Jewish carpenter
      named Joseph living in Nazareth and born of a young Jewish
      girl named Mary. (Some say he was a mamzer.)

      Jesus was summarily crucified for being a temple rabble-rouser by
      the Roman troops in Jerusalem serving under Pontius Pilate,

      He was buried in an unmarked grave and still lies
      a-mouldering in the ground somewhere outside of
      Jerusalem.

      Said Jesus' story was embellished and "mythicized" by
      many semi-fiction writers. A bodily resurrection and
      ascension stories were promulgated to compete with the
      Caesar myths. Said stories were so popular that they
      grew into a religion known today as Catholicism/Christianity
      and featuring dark-age, daily wine to blood and bread to body rituals
      called the eucharistic sacrifice of the non-atoning Jesus.

      Amen

      September 25, 2011 at 7:28 am |
    • .........

      spam garbage alert hit report abuse on all reality posts

      September 25, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  3. rh

    Uh, he reads the Old Testament?

    September 25, 2011 at 12:33 am |
  4. Zero

    I'm a schizophrenic who very rarely hears voices in my head. I'm also a devout non believer in dieties, angels, fairies, demons, monsters, giants, dragons, etc... Well the reason why I'm bringing this up is because if I didn't have had a clear understanding that all religious scriptures are man made fiction from uneducated barbaric tribes I probably wouldn't have had control of my sanity. I stopped hearing voices for the most part and had a realization that it was only my subconscious thoughts that were telling me crazy things. I am very scared of religious thumpers going through what I went through. I was asked to do horrific things for god which I didn't. At first I tried prayer but that made it wrose. I had to restudy religion so I could understand god is just an imaginary character and then I stopped hearing anything that wasn't real. The reason why I bring this up because anyone can become sick from paranoid schizophrenia but if your religious it would be easier for someone religious to do something incredibly dumb, like an Isaac sacrificing his son situation. BTW like I said no more hallucinations because of a deep understanding that nothing supernatural exists, technology isn't advanced to create telepathy and I take no prescription medication. Thank rational thinking for curing me.

    September 25, 2011 at 12:01 am |
  5. CanOnTo

    I really dislike these terms "pro-life" and "pro-choice". Both sides are trying to put a positive spin on their positions. They are both "pro", even though their stands are opposite. Just call it what it is: "pro-abortion" and "anti-abortion". There, now that wasn't too difficult, was it?

    September 24, 2011 at 11:47 pm |
    • PF

      That really should be pro-choice and anti-choice. The Catholicks are behind that craziness. They want the power to come to your house and cut into your body. They don't want you to have a choice. They want to chop people up who don't agree with them. The office of the Catholic Inquisitor still exists. They no longer call it that, of course.
      They want total control of your body, your brain, and your children. They do not want you to have a choice. They want total control and will do naastay stuff, as we have seen in the past.

      September 25, 2011 at 12:22 am |
    • rh

      Those durn Catholics. They should have never been. Wait a second, you mean that all Protestants are off-shoots of Catholicism? Then get rid of Protestants too...

      September 25, 2011 at 12:34 am |
  6. Anon

    Christians are screwed up in the head. Give them an inch and they'll take a mile.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUVXEmJRGns

    September 24, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  7. Central Scrutinizer

    @heavensent
    I think Jesus would have a few choice words for you. You are not being very polite, nope not one bit. Try meditation.

    September 24, 2011 at 2:41 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Meditation? Oh, just what a phony Christian would say.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • bob

      med·i·ta·tion
      1. continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
      2. devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Extended thought". Yeah, that right there disqualifies HS from any participation. She hasn't had a thought in 50 years.

      September 24, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      Uh....I am not a Christian. Take your Meds and call me in the morning.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:01 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, if only Heaven's Stink WOULD take meds! Really, the whole world would be better off.

      Good luck getting that old bat to treat her own psychosis.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      God Bless you Heavensnet. You are going t need it.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:19 pm |
  8. Benjamin Harrison

    Jesu is not dead, and nobody did to him what he did not allow them to do nobody took his life he laid it down. Any man does a crime falls into the hands of the law all Christians when taking a job as a judge makes a vow to uphold the law whether they agree with it or not

    September 24, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @Benjamin Harrison

      Jesus is most assuredly dead... If He ever existed at all.

      Jesus promised to be back in the first century. He didn't make it, due to a prior engagement... death.

      Cheers!

      September 24, 2011 at 9:07 pm |
  9. Central Scrutinizer

    There is nothing that says the rules of physics have to be the way they are. They just are.

    Just as the religious believe that God “just is” and take it on faith.

    God is Science. Science is God.

    Those who pursue the truth through science work much harder to get closer to the true nature of God than those who rely only on ancient texts written to manipulate an ignorant population. Texts that can no longer be trusted anyway since they have been written and re-written so many times in so many languages for so many reasons.

    While I don’t believe personally that God is a “being” that is personally involved in our lives, my intuition tells me something can’t come from nothing.

    I think if there were a God in the traditional sense of the word, he would be proud of those of us who are actually looking for him and not hiding behind ancient books and “praying”.

    Don’t be frightened, join the hunt! We will I be gone soon anyway and no one ever said you have to give up your faith.

    But understand this, the Universe is a mystery. That mystery extends to your belief in God. Multiple Dimensions, string theory, black holes and many other exotic facts and theories are all very possible within the confines of the very science GOD created. If you are not interested in THAT, you are not very interested in God in my opinion.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
    • Berean

      I agree that there is much we can learn about God through studying His creation and the laws that He has set in place to govern it. The more we learn about creation, the more we can appreciate the majesty, wisdom, power and precision of the Creator. God truly does speak to us through creation (see Psalm 19).

      However, if we really desire to know God, we must also study what He has revealed to us through his inspired word. He has preserved His word through the ages for us, and it is still relevant today.

      True science agrees with and complements God's word. Studying both has been a tremendous blessing to me, and I know that it could be a blessing for you as well. Don't just take my word for it. Give it a try. May God bless and keep you.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @Berean
      Good for you Berean. Balance is good. You won't find me in church any time soon though, not a religious man. Peace.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  10. Tomm Katt

    To me this is like watching Yoda being quoted from Star Wars. Christians and Muslims have become the tools of evil in the modern world. Written by MEN, for MEN 2000 years ago there is little wonder as to their true motives of controlling the masses.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
  11. Tare

    Simple concept – we are obligated to save the lives of others. Think of other people who are fighting poverty, addiction, injustice... that could be fed, clothed and helped by the food, time, effort, and money and used to keep a convicted killer alive. OK – maybe it is a tough choice but it is clearly the right choice. The key concept here is that not all choices are possible, no matter how much we wish it to be.

    September 24, 2011 at 11:55 am |
    • tom

      Look it up. The intense scrutiny required to decide to kill a man, and the manner in which we exact people is more expensive than life in prison. Also, your argument is senseless. Your saying you want to save lives by preventing that person from killing again. Life in prison does this. Your argument is that you would keep them alive but that is "too expensive." So your advocating death for the purposes of money...

      September 24, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      No tom. Your education is a mess. We care about the life of the off duty police officer that was taken by a cowardly fool who cared less about an innocent person's life.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
    • tom

      I was responding to that persons post they gave a justification for the death penalty. It was a bad justification based on money. Also, the past is the past. We can never go back and un-do the terrible acts of a criminal. The officer is gone and killing the man who did it wont bring him back. You care about punishment and retribution. The death penalty serves no other purpose than vengeance.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      tom, you wrote "I was responding to that persons post they gave a justification for the death penalty. It was a bad justification based on money. Also, the past is the past. We can never go back and un-do the terrible acts of a criminal. The officer is gone and killing the man who did it wont bring him back. You care about punishment and retribution. The death penalty serves no other purpose than vengeance."

      Answer: I care that evil folks that commit murder are taken out of society permanently so that law abiding citizens are safe. You care more about evil folks than innocent folks by the way you post.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:33 pm |
    • tom

      Yes, they should be taken out of society, locked up in prison for our own safety. What about when we get it wrong? Is it worth the blood of an innocent on our hands, so that you can have your vengeance when we get it rite?

      September 24, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
    • tom

      Our system is not perfect. The evidence is strongly against this guy fine we are pretty sure he did it. However some of those people you call "evil" are innocent. Are you comfortable knowing that your advocating for a policy that has and will result in the death of innocent people? You keep saying 'amen' but it is hard to believe your sincerity when your so comfortable killing innocents in the name of vengeance.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      tom, you wrote "Yes, they should be taken out of society, locked up in prison for our own safety. What about when we get it wrong? Is it worth the blood of an innocent on our hands, so that you can have your vengeance when we get it rite?"

      Answer: What happened to imprisoning false witnesses? Oh, yes. Our courts conveniently refuse to acknowledge false witnesses, false testimonies.

      I am not out for vengeance. That's the atheists mindset of going against society as a whole ... turning it inside out with no rhyme nor reason especially with no wisdom.

      End days.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • tom

      I have zero idea what this has to do with atheism. "bearing false witness" is called perjury and a serious crime. If you are not out for vengeance then what is the point of killing these criminals? Wouldn't life in prison serve the same purpose without the risk of getting it wrong?

      September 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  12. Berean

    In Romans 13, the apostle Paul wrote about the powers granted to God-ordained rulers.

    Romans 13:3-4 "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: For he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

    Those powers include the authority to administer the death penalty (he beareth not the sword in vain).

    Also, in Luke 23, we see that Jesus did not correct the words of the penitent thief who was crucified next to him.

    Luke 23:40-43 "But the other [thief] answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise."

    As for the story of the adultress (John 8), Jesus recognized that the Jews had no authority, at that time, to administer the death penalty (John 18:31 "Then said Pilate unto them, Take ye him and judge him according to your law. The Jews therefore said unto him, It is not lawful for us to put any man to death.), but he used the opportunity to demonstrate that "all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)

    September 24, 2011 at 11:16 am |
  13. kimsland

    I say we should kill jesus
    Oh yeah, right, we did that already.
    Then kill the christian faith, that's next on the hit list (as is the Islam faith)
    Hooray, we'll finally live in peace.

    September 24, 2011 at 7:12 am |
    • HeavenSent

      kimsland, it's amazing how you atheists can babble via the keyboard.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 12:45 pm |
    • IKYABWAI

      Heaven Sent,

      ...and you learned your shtick from the oh-so-famous, "Wholly Babble".

      September 24, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
    • geraldh

      Ah yes, kill everybody you don't like and then we will have peace. What if someone doesn't like you?

      September 24, 2011 at 12:56 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @heavensent
      1. Why do you assume people are athiests because they don't agree with the concept of religion?
      2. Amen Amen Amen......starting to to get old and empty.

      September 24, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Typical lying atheists bringing in the multiple handles backup to continue your babble.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
    • Central Scrutinizer

      @heavensent
      You have some anger issues. Perhaps some meds or therapy would help.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Every word our of Heavenscent's mouth is a prayer. Even the lies and hatred. I wonder what her god thinks about that?

      September 24, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Jump on the atheist bandwagon all you want with your phony multiple handles. There isn't an atheist post on this site that is worth anything.

      You're all about ego and care less about your thoughts, words or actions. Totally clueless, hence, worthless.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Then you should quit this forum, jackazz. Why do you remain here, when you admit that your spew has no effect whatsoever, HS?

      Could it be because you don't really want to spend your time doing anything truly worthy of Christ? Get off your azz and do something for others instead of indulging your enormous ego by posting your nonsense here, when you know it's useless. Go donate to the poor. Call the sick and lonely. Get moving, you lazy twerp.

      September 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Heaven's Stink, I wonder how you survive the odor of your own existence.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      Ooohh, I met a REALLY cute atheist tonight. I think I just lost my faith.

      Amen !

      September 25, 2011 at 12:14 am |
    • Duh

      "Jump on the atheist bandwagon all you want with your phony multiple handles. There isn't an atheist post on this site that is worth anything."

      That's why you keep replying.

      September 26, 2011 at 11:28 am |
  14. SilverTrail

    The liberals have no sense of justice. They kill innocent babies in mothers' wombs but let murderers live on. They complain against politicians and soldiers who battle to protect them. Weird species.

    September 24, 2011 at 3:01 am |
    • dg

      An id.io.tic reply as the brush you paint with is much too wide. Not all conservatives are prolife as some are fiscal conservatives and not social conservatives.

      I am prochoice because in the long run an embryos life being ended before gains any experience of what pain and suffering is has been possibly saved from a horrific child hood from parents that didn't want them, they don't ever have to suffer from being born into a poor household or country where they may starve to death or abused by dr.ug addled parents, etc. Life is pain and pleasure and for many the pain is much more pervasive than the pleasure and in many cases it is better that the child not be born and its life ended before it can realize that the moment of pain they have no context to relate it to in the long run is much less than a lifetime of pain being raised in an abusive household.

      September 24, 2011 at 3:57 am |
    • SilverTrail

      @Dg, let God and the child himself decide that. If your point is right, rich nations should stop striving to have a long life. Dg, you have no logic in that. You are just implying massacre of most humans. Humans should never manually take away innocent life.

      September 24, 2011 at 4:09 am |
    • JohnQuest

      SilverTrail, consider the following: When the Repubs controlled the House, Senate, Supreme Court, and the White House (most of the Bush Jr. term some of Reagen) what did they do about abortion? If you find it hard to guess I'll tell you NOTHING, they did not one thing different then any "Liberal" would have done. They proposed no policy changes on abortions nor passed new laws on abortions. Abortions are higher in conservative states (they are the poorest states with the worst educational systems). The Conservatives only use abortions to control people like you, it's nothing more than a buzz word for them. There is no difference in policy between Conservatives and Liberals on abortions neither will do anything to change the status quo. Don't believe my, please check it out for yourself. Also those same Red States with the higher abortion rates are the ones with the higher execution rates, coincidence, I don't think so, they do not value human life not even yours (that's a guess but the facts bear out).

      September 24, 2011 at 7:36 am |
    • Kiljoy616

      The guy died because he was poor end of story. Sad to say but its reality now lets get back to some real important like financial portfolio which is what really matters.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:35 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Kiljoy616, the guy was executed because he made the decision to murder the officer.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 12:53 pm |
    • tom

      Your an idiot who doesn't understand many peoples position on "supporting the troops." Perpetuation of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan put our solders in direct harm, and destroys the reputation of the U.S. angering people to attack us. Solders die and we get less safe. I want solders to live and fight battles that truly keep me safe instead of occupying someone else's home so that we can line the pockets of military contractors. That is how I support the troops and oppose the wars.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
    • tallulah13

      You have no sense of reality.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
    • Jane

      Hmm.. and Christians are better how? They cry about a clump of cells in my uterus, but will cheerfully send a man to his death even when there are serious questions about the man's guilt.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • HeavenSent

      What an idiot. "They" don't kill anything. If a woman decides not to procede with a pregnancy, then SHE has a right to do that. "THEY' don't do anything. And BTW., most abortions are had by "Christian" women. Get your fact straight, stupid.

      Amen

      September 25, 2011 at 12:16 am |
  15. crazycatman

    We know that Jesus was opposed to the death penalty. The one time when he had the chance to impose the death penalty (the woman taken in adultery) he refused to do it. "Let he among you who is without sin cast the first stone."

    September 24, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • SilverTrail

      Jesus knew who was truly guilty there – those who trapped her and brought her to Him. Jesus upheld all the moral laws of Moses as He fulfilled all the ritual and ethnic laws of Moses. The present-day secular West is a filthy utopia for hedonists only. Nothing idealistic about it.

      September 24, 2011 at 2:58 am |
    • JohnQuest

      SilverTrail, Consider the computer you are using, the Internet, your cell phone, modern agriculture where do you think they all came from, you're right the Good Old USA. Without the freedoms we enjoy to think, imagine, consider new ideas, and fail you would not be sitting in front of your computer now, you would be out tending the fields. In affect you are biting the hands that feed you.

      September 24, 2011 at 8:05 am |
    • Kiljoy616

      We don't know anything, make believe people should not be the way we judge if something is right or wrong.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:36 am |
    • HeavenSent

      Crazy,

      He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, but he who refuses correction goes astray. (Proverbs 10:17)

      Those who go astray from the word of God, are not in the truth, and are not saved; and their words are words of deceit, as Psalm 119:118 declares,

      You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, for their deceit is falsehood.

      God rejects all those who stray from His word. It does not matter what the subject matter is. There is no salvation for any who heed not holy writ, as Psalm 119:21 proclaims,

      You rebuke the proud, the cursed, who stray from Your commandments.

      No matter who you are, you are cursed if you do not follow after God's word. Thus, it is eternally important to love correction, as Proverbs asserts,

      For the commandment is a lamp, and the law a light; reproofs of instruction are the way of life. (Proverbs 6:23)

      Cease listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge. (Proverbs 19:27)

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm |
    • Siddhārtha Gautama

      Buddha once said that those who spend their time worrying about the arrow that struck them and the archer that shot it will die long before they take the time to care and heal for their wounds. Essentially, those that worry too much about the wrong and not about making it right will find no peace (quite similar to his teachings about rectifying the world we live in rather than spending our time worry about "the afterlife"). And if you think that's hearsay you'll just be reborn as a slug (not necessarily Siddhārtha Gautama's views but a generally accepted principle from Buddhist vehicles).

      Amen

      September 24, 2011 at 9:49 pm |
  16. David Witcraft

    I respect the christian who protests at executions and takes in foster kids. Christians who support the death penalty, then march outside the abortion clinic are selective in their faith? I'm no bible historian, but jesus singled out a thief who was being crucified didn't he? I oppose the death penalty because I've lost faith in the justice system to try suspects fairly. The dozens of convicts released in Dallas County show how thoroughly faulty our justice system is. Because of the efforts of the Innocence group and a DA who is actually more interested in the truth than his department's conviction rate, we can see that many trials that claim to be based on truth and fact are just smoke and mirrors.

    September 24, 2011 at 1:26 am |
    • HeavenSent

      David, Christians who read Jesus' truth, comprehend His truth and apply His truth to their lives to acquire righteous outcomes (thoughts, words, deeds).

      Same applies to those who follow satan lies. Thoughts, words, deeds of unrighteousness.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm |
    • bob

      God created everything, including satan.

      Amen.

      September 24, 2011 at 7:57 pm |
    • Actual HeavenSent

      @HeavenSent

      Matthew 25 teaches us that what we do unto the “least of these,” we do unto God

      Amen

      September 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
    • Adelbrain

      Help. I'm out of my meds.

      September 25, 2011 at 12:17 am |
  17. THE BROWN NOTE

    i guess the prancer isnt coming back

    im glad im not single

    or else id be as pent up as him

    September 24, 2011 at 12:21 am |
  18. THE BROWN NOTE

    tom

    come back

    your wit is astonishing

    September 24, 2011 at 12:07 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Oh, sweetie, don't pine for me. I'm spoken for and your love for me will be unrequited. I know it is difficult for you, but you must move on and find someone more suited to you–someone with an IQ in the double digits, not the triple digits.

      I wish you all the best, dear.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  19. Reality

    Hammurabi's Code, Mosaic Law, and Justinian Law

    "If anyone was convicted of murder under any of these codes/laws, they too, were killed."
    ==========================================================================

    September 24, 2011 at 12:02 am |
  20. Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

    Hey, Brown Nut, have you managed to get past your freshman year yet? How much weight did you gain? Or are you still living at home with your mommy?

    September 23, 2011 at 11:30 pm |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      i have less than a year in school left

      i left home fourteen years ago

      whats this weight gain you speak of

      i dont play world of warcraft

      where do you live tom i bet its wonderful

      why are you here on a friday night trying to hurt peoples internet feelings

      and failing miserably at it

      September 24, 2011 at 12:12 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      i have to admit tom

      i am disappointed in your response times

      and whats with the cheesy insults

      did you get them from an aol chat room in 1995

      do you think maybe you could speed this up a little

      September 24, 2011 at 12:16 am |
    • THE BROWN NOTE

      seriously though

      waiting for tom to respond with something worthwhile

      is about as exciting as a cross country road trip

      with gut rot

      from eating too much greasy gas station food

      and peppering the side of the road with endtrails and no baby wipes to clean up the mess

      September 24, 2011 at 12:18 am |
    • Kiljoy616

      Oh my two guys with their love notes how cute is that. Do you two miss each other. Oh so cute very moi.

      September 24, 2011 at 10:49 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Gosh, Brown Nut, I had no idea you were so smitten. Poor thing. I hate to break it to you, honey, but I'm married. Have been for 31 years. You'll have to find someone else to worship, sweetcheeks.

      September 24, 2011 at 9:35 pm |
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