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*"malice aforethought" is a legal concept and only requires a momentary intention immediately prior to the act.
 
*"malice aforethought" is a legal concept and only requires a momentary intention immediately prior to the act.
  
*The [[Common law|common law]] rule that in order for an act to constitute murder, the victim  must die within a year and a day of the wounding, has now been modified by statute in a number of jurisdictions.
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*The [[common law]] rule that in order for an act to constitute murder, the victim  must die within a year and a day of the wounding, has now been modified by statute in a number of jurisdictions.
  
 
In addition to various secular prohibitions, the sixth<ref>[[Exodus]] 20:3-17 and [[Deuteronomy]] 5:6-21</ref> of the [[Ten Commandments]] forbids murder.  
 
In addition to various secular prohibitions, the sixth<ref>[[Exodus]] 20:3-17 and [[Deuteronomy]] 5:6-21</ref> of the [[Ten Commandments]] forbids murder.  
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==Legality==
 
==Legality==
  
Killing humans is often legalized and committed without repercussions from governments. Such cases include wars, police actions, executions of prisoners, and [[abortion]]. The moral implications of these actions is often the subject of debate. It should be noted that although they end life, and may or may not be subject to homicide laws.
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Killing humans is often legalized and committed without repercussions from governments. Such cases include wars, police actions, executions of prisoners, and [[abortion]]. The moral implications of these actions is often the subject of debate.
  
 
== Degrees ==
 
== Degrees ==
  
 
Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with deliberate intent to kill: (1) murder in the first degree is characterized by premeditation; (2) murder in the second degree is characterized by a sudden and instantaneous intent to kill or to cause injury without caring whether the injury kills or not.
 
Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with deliberate intent to kill: (1) murder in the first degree is characterized by premeditation; (2) murder in the second degree is characterized by a sudden and instantaneous intent to kill or to cause injury without caring whether the injury kills or not.
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== Mass murder ==
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[[Mass murder]] is the killing of very large numbers of people.
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=== Atheism and mass murder ===
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'''See also:''' [[Atheism and mass murder]]
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[[Christian apologetics|Christian apologist]] Gregory Koukl wrote that "the assertion is that religion has caused most of the killing and bloodshed in the world.
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There are people who make accusations and assertions that are empirically false. This is one of them."<ref name="Koukl">Koukl, Gregory, [http://www.str.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=5527 The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity?], 1994</ref>
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Koukl details the number of people killed in various events involving theism and compares them to the much higher tens of millions of people killed under [[Atheism|atheistic]] [[communist]] regimes, in which [[militant atheism]] served as the official doctrine of the state.<ref name="Koukl" /> 
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It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of atheistic [[communism]] have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 and 259,432,000 human lives.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Anticommunist (April 14, 2004).  [http://web.archive.org/web/20130607125427/http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2004/04/289239.html "The Human Cost of Communism - 100 million"].  UK Indymedia.  Retrieved from June 7, 2013 archive at Internet Achive.
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*[http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~hpcws/lelivrenoir.htm "''The Black Book of Communism''"].  Harvard University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences website:  Cold War Studies.
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*Rummel, R. J. (November 1993).  [http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/COM.ART.HTM "How many did communist regimes murder?"]  University of Hawaii website; Freedom, Democracy, Peace; Power, Democide, and War.
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*White, Matthew (February 2011).  [http://necrometrics.com/20c5m.htm "Source list and detailed death tolls for the primary megadeaths of the twentieth century"].  Necrometrics.
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*Higgins, David (June 22, 2007).  [http://web.archive.org/web/20071008035420/http://www.sarasotamagazine.com/blog/template_permalink.asp?id=365 "Memory and ideology: Washington's newest statue is the Victims Of Communism Memorial"].  Sarasota Magazine website.  Retrieved from October 8, 2007 archive at Internet Archive
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*Radosh, Ronald (February 2000).  [http://www.firstthings.com/article.php3?id_article=2526 "''The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression''"]. First Things [journal] website.</ref>  Dr. R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, is the scholar who first coined the term democide (death by government). Dr. R. J. Rummel's mid estimate regarding the loss of life due to communism is that communism caused the death of approximately 110,286,000 people between 1917 and 1987.<ref>Rummel, R. J. (November 1993).  [http://www.hawaii.edu/powerkills/COM.ART.HTM "How many did communist regimes murder?"]  University of Hawaii website; Freedom, Democracy, Peace; Power, Democide, and War.</ref>
  
 
==Trivia==
 
==Trivia==
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==See Also==
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==See also==
 
*[[Mass murder]]
 
*[[Mass murder]]
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Murder is the deliberate, malicious and unlawful killing of one human being by another. Sir Edward Coke defined it as: "when a man of sound memory, and of the age of discretion, unlawfully killeth within any county of the realm any reasonable creature in rerum natura[1] under the king's peace, with malice aforethought, either expressed by the party or implied by law, so as the party wounded, or hurt, etc. die of the wound or hurt etc. within a year and a day after the same."[2]

  • "A man of sound memory, and of the age of discretion" means, in essence, a sane man.
  • "reasonable creature in rerum natura" means any human being.
  • "malice aforethought" is a legal concept and only requires a momentary intention immediately prior to the act.
  • The common law rule that in order for an act to constitute murder, the victim must die within a year and a day of the wounding, has now been modified by statute in a number of jurisdictions.

In addition to various secular prohibitions, the sixth[3] of the Ten Commandments forbids murder.

Legality

Killing humans is often legalized and committed without repercussions from governments. Such cases include wars, police actions, executions of prisoners, and abortion. The moral implications of these actions is often the subject of debate.

Degrees

Murder is the unlawful killing of a human being with deliberate intent to kill: (1) murder in the first degree is characterized by premeditation; (2) murder in the second degree is characterized by a sudden and instantaneous intent to kill or to cause injury without caring whether the injury kills or not.

Mass murder

Mass murder is the killing of very large numbers of people.

Atheism and mass murder

See also: Atheism and mass murder

Christian apologist Gregory Koukl wrote that "the assertion is that religion has caused most of the killing and bloodshed in the world. There are people who make accusations and assertions that are empirically false. This is one of them."[4] Koukl details the number of people killed in various events involving theism and compares them to the much higher tens of millions of people killed under atheistic communist regimes, in which militant atheism served as the official doctrine of the state.[4]

It has been estimated that in less than the past 100 years, governments under the banner of atheistic communism have caused the death of somewhere between 40,472,000 and 259,432,000 human lives.[5] Dr. R. J. Rummel, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Hawaii, is the scholar who first coined the term democide (death by government). Dr. R. J. Rummel's mid estimate regarding the loss of life due to communism is that communism caused the death of approximately 110,286,000 people between 1917 and 1987.[6]

Trivia

  • A group of crows is called "a murder of crows".
  • The Biblical Cain is history's first murderer.

References

  1. rerum natura: In the nature of things; in existence.
  2. Coke 3 Inst 47
  3. Exodus 20:3-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21
  4. 4.0 4.1 Koukl, Gregory, The Real Murderers: Atheism or Christianity?, 1994
  5. Multiple references:
  6. Rummel, R. J. (November 1993). "How many did communist regimes murder?" University of Hawaii website; Freedom, Democracy, Peace; Power, Democide, and War.

See also