I would be hard pressed to be "compassionate" should it come down to a case of murderers/rapists/etc. with children involved.
I know it should not make a difference- a life is a life, but what harm could a child ever have done an adult?
Like I said, I quite waver on this issue.
Freespirit, it seems like this issue is very personal for you, I am sorry that we have upset you so much over this. You are correct. You are entitled to your opinion, and do not have to defend it. I think we all have gotten used to devating around here! <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" /> Please, I don't think anyone meant to cause you hurt.
This is another one of those "matters of the heart" that are not always completely logically explainable to someone else. one just knows deep in their gut how they themselves feel.
There have been men in jail that I felt truly deserved the death penalty, and still do. Manson is plain evil - everything he touched became evil - there is no reason for him to remain in this world. It was a horrible twist of fate <img src="/images/graemlins/smirk.gif" alt="" /> that let him slip through that timetable of no death penalty.
Like I said before though, my big fear is of putting someone to death that doesn't deserve it. If one day (I know someone pointed out many ways to prevent this) we can 100% be sure - then I will probably support it.
Except for rape - those men deserve castration - and if there is a way to remove the actual [censored] - then that, too!