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LOTD

Filed at 5:10 am under by dcobranchi

Yes, there are a few sane people in Fayetteville:

Don’t use the Bible to justify laws

In the Bible belt, it appears common for people to suggest that laws should be based on religious grounds. In a recent letter to the editor (Pedophiles can’t be rehabilitated, July 3), Twyla Fowler suggested that pedophiles be executed because of the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:6.

Without addressing whether this is an accurate interpretation of Jesus’s words, it would be refreshing if such writers would indicate just how much they believe that religion should govern legislation. If they really believe that the Bible should dictate punishment for crimes in this country, let them be honest and admit that some form of “Christian sharia” is appropriate for our legal system.

I will be honest as well. As my guiding principle for the development of laws, I have two gods: the greater good and the Constitution. The first god lets us determine, for example, that a prohibition against murder is better for the population than a prohibition against eating pork or breaking the Sabbath. It guides us in terms of which actions should be prohibited by law and not simply a matter of choice.

The second god ensures that punishments for lawbreakers are appropriate, not cruel or unusual. It ensures that the punishment for murder is more severe than that for speeding. Reasonable people would have a difficult time arguing against either one of these gods. They are the only gods appropriate to determine the system of laws for a country comprised of people of different religions or no religion at all.

Craig Cox
Fayetteville

I hope Mr. Cox isn’t harassed to badly.

2 Responses to “LOTD”


Comment by
Lisa Giebitz
July 11th, 2007
at 1:07 pm

I’m glad you posted this. I was starting to think that all the natives were nut-jobs. Except for you, of course. 🙂


Comment by
sam
July 11th, 2007
at 1:54 pm

“Christian sharia” really says it all, especially considering all the various laws and commandments that show up haphazardly throughout the Bible.