I don't want to take anything away from you.
Given the chance, you would take away my right to live in a safe society by abolishing the death penalty entirely.
Lewis was indeed a thoughtful writer
Yes, we agree.
and about as far removed from far right fundamentalism as it gets.
He promoted a lot of things that you consider "fundamentalism."
When he converted to Christianity he became Anglican and remained so during his life.
Touting him as an author in support of what you propose is an insult to the man.
I'm sure he'll be fine.
If you want an author in support then you need to look elsewhere, might I suggest Jack Chick (obviously I'm using the term "author" in the loosest possible sense there).
There's nothing 'loving' about the kind of system that you'd have enacted on society
and nor do I "want" to lock people up
Putting criminals in prison isn't locking them up?
News to me! Is that how you justify it? That putting people in prison isn't actually locking them up like animals?
or risk putting people to death for crimes they may not have committed.
The chances of people being put to death for crimes they did not commit would be very low in my system, because there wouldn't be even a thousandth of the number of crimes being committed today under it.
Prison is a punishment, sure.
No, it's just cruel.
Also, Jesus is the one who sets captives free. How does that fit in with using prisons as punishment?
Losing freedom and liberty is hardly pleasant
Suspending the rights of a suspect is one thing. Stripping someone of their rights as a human being is wrong.
but necessary for the protection of society if nothing else
Putting criminals who have committed capital crimes to death will result in fewer criminals commmitting capital crimes. How does that not protect society?
certainly for violent, sexual offenders.
Better to put them to death, so they can never harm anyone again. 100% of violent sexual offenders who are put to death never commit another crime.
Society is healthier in all manner of respects and far better than it was decades ago. By a long shot.
To quote ok doser:
"The disintegration of the family, the rejection of Christ, the ever increasing prevalence of illegal drug use and psychological problems, the embrace of immorality and perversion, the unprecedented murder rate among young black males..."
Sure, "healthier in all manner of respects."