Crime and Punishment

Aten calls all humanity to live in peace and harmony with one another. Sadly, much of humanity cares nothing for peace or harmony, only for themselves. Crime is always an act of self-absorption and ignorance. The inability to follow the civil laws of society is a symptom of a callous soul and it is perfectly within the authority of civil authorities to judge these matters and carry out such punishment that is required by the law.

While some organisations are against the concept of capital punishment, Atenism supports the right of secular government to enact corporal and capital punishment in relation to serious crimes committed.

While this may seem to some to be against the concept of doing no harm, the fact that such individuals found guilty in a court and who are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, have already committed such acts that have caused great harm to the victim and to society. Civil authorities reserve the right to safeguard the innocent and bring to justice those who are guilty and to punish them to the extent warranted by their crimes.

For example, a person may commit murder or rape and at a later date after a period of incarceration, turn a new leaf and seek to live a respectable life. This is laudable and encouraged. It does not, however, remove the guilt of their crimes, nor remove the punishment for such crimes. The personal transformation affects the soul of the individual, not the sentence. Crimes in such cases could never be made right. Repentant or unrepentant, the punishment for the crime enacted would be required.