Saturday, February 24, 2007

Food for Thought

Food for thought is just about the only food I've had today. G-Dog and I have both been felled by the stomach virus that's been traveling around Chattanooga in the past week or two. No food, no energy. What's a body to do? Well, around here, the answer is to crawl under a blanket and turn on a
West Wing
marathon. We did the first season. And around about the episode "Take this Sabbath Day", I ran across this:
Toby: The Torah doesn't prohibit capital punishment.
Rabbi: No.
Toby: It says, 'An eye for an eye'.
Rabbi: You know what it also says? It says a rebellious child can be brought to the city gates and stoned to death. It says homosexuality is an abomination and punishable by death. It says men can be polygamous and slavery is acceptable. For all I know, that thinking reflected the best wisdom of its time, but it's just plain wrong by any modern standard. Society has a right to protect itself, but it doesn't have a right to be vengeful. It has a right to punish, but it doesn't have to kill.
That's all I'm sayin'...

1 comment:

Tim said...

Now if the other monotheists would just see this the same way. Sigh . . .