Personally, I don't know. But I don't like that there are people who think they have the right to decide when a human's life is taken, regardless of the crime. Personally, I'd just throw them in jail and let them think about what they've done for the rest of their life.
I'll take you up on this debate. As a Christian, I will be arguing from a biblical perspective. Personally, I think the death penalty is a good deterrent to crime. Issuing the death penalty isn't always perfect...meaning that sometimes the wrong person gets executed and this is why we should perfect out judicial methods involving the death penalty instead of outright banning it. Society is like a living breathing body and crime is a cancer within the body of society. When the body has cancer, you try to expel it from the body if you can and if that's not an option, you try to keep it at bay the best you can. All societies need a once and for all deterrent to crime just in-case lesser methods do not work. Let us keep in mind that this debate isn't about whether or not the Bible or any other holy text is correct or incorrect in the use of the death penalty. The question is does religion support the use of the death penalty and once again I'm only arguing from a Christian/Biblical perspective. I expect a good debate from both sides and hopefully this debate remains civil. May the best argument(s) win and not the more popular side.
The title of this debate is really a yes or no question. I can name a few religions that support the use of the death penalty. I may just forfeit the rest of this debate since this isn't really a debatable question. I don't think every religion supports the use of the death penalty but like I said, I can name a few religions that do.