From another reader:
Seems to me a lot of your anti-death penalty folks ought to be asked squarely whether they think “killing” and “murder” mean exactly the same thing.
The Commandment, which English translations usually render as “Thou shalt not kill”, says plainly in the Hebrew “Don’t murder”.
The whole point, it seems to me, is that this compels us to think and pray and debate the distinction.
Your guy who thinks the death penalty is state-sanctioned murder – well, does he think that’s what all state-sanctioned killing is ? Like killing a Taliban dude who’s aiming his AK right atcha ?