The answer is that one is right and the other is wrong. Cannibalism is murder, among other things, and it has no resemblance to loving your neighbor.
CANNIBALISM in rare rare circumstances -for the survival of those left living --there is a moral dilemma for you -where I feel it was OK to act upon , called Survival cannibalism
-examples here : HowStuffWorks "Survival Cannibalism"
For a second there, I was siding with Parrothead over Nice Guy.... accually "KILL" should have never been worded as such in the 10 Commandments, big blunder in some translations, as it clearly says there is a time to kill in Ecclesiastes 3:3 The "thou shall not" commandment was clearly meant to be MURDER , or "Ratsach"- not KILL. Truth Or Tradition - Ratsach, Hebrew word mistranslated kill in Sixth Commandment, Bible study
I am not a Christian, but I wholly agree with the Death Penalty when used with the TRUE meaning of the term "MURDER"-in THIS country. NOT all others. There is something DEEP DEEP within all of us (regardless of Faith) that calls out for JUSTICE, a cry for the innocent
. This should be, this is our conscience speaking to us on behalf of the innocents among us. We ask ourselves what if that was our son or daughter, what if it was US, how would we react. Here is the legal Defintion of Murder - I agree with this 100% Murder Law & Legal Definition
A Moral dilemma would be abortion in some circumstances - where the Mother's life was at stake. My son has been taught by his Youth Pastor that the Baby should be chosen over the Mother in such a life of death situation (glad I am not married to him!) that is more "Just" in his eyes. Do I agree with that. I do NOT.
Also for me... had I learned the baby would die shortly after birth , or have SEVERE birth defects, missing or an added chromosome (I know a woman who gave birth to such a child yrs ago- she died 4 months later-most excruciating intensely painful experience of her life, and would this baby remember this? back then no tests could be given to know of such problems) . I would choose an early abortion over carrying such a pregnancy.
On the other hand, had I been raped, for ME (as some would have an abortion for this -which I would NOT judge them for), I personally would choose to carry that baby and give it up for adoption.
I think about the QUALITY of LIFE a child would have in this world having SEVERE handicaps. It is very very very unsettling to me. I have a good friend who works in a Special HOME for children -up to adults like this, even though she loves & cares for them, they even bring her joy. Even she admits- she would have an abortion . She told me once...1/3 of the parents/family come every week, 1/3 of the comes only on special occasions/hoidays and 1/3 NEVER visit these loved ones. They are left there to live & die being cared for by stangers, who become the only family they know. Should it be, NO, but it is the reality none the less.
Some might call me a murderer, but that is fine, I am thankful for this choice. Also that I have never had to "use it". Do I feel it is OK to take the life of a child -just cause you didn't want it -it was an inconvenience for you- even though you chose to have unprotected sex KNOWING full well this COULD BE the result... wrong timing -still in college, the sex you didn't want. I would feel that is very very wrong.
And obviously the Death Penalty, could be very very very CRUEL, even MURDER itself - if used in a society where the strong, the Powerful weild thier power over the weak, or put
people to death over beliefs, Race, Political differences, etc. I say live & let live if your neighbor is not hurting you , infringing on your family, your life.
A society with Freedom, Liberty and Democracy will have more LAWS that are truly "JUST" than any ran by Religion with total Black and White absolutest thinking in every area of a chosen set of Holy Book scriptures. The problem with that --is interpretation
. Not all agree-they never will, the fundamentalists will war with the more liberal minded and more tolerable thinkers , then wars will be faught over that..... it never ends.
I thank God I live in America and for our Founding Fathers, with freedom of speech for ALL, even being able to march in the streets in Protest -when we feel certain LAWS need changed. This is a BLESSING so many do not have in other countries. Even if some OVER USE IT in preverse ways .... http://www.godhatesfags.com/schedule.html
Moral Dilemma there ....no matter our cause - be peaceful about it, show respect for others (something those Westboros have no concept of) , not looting, breaking the existing laws , and chances are you won't be taken away in handcuffs.