Biblical Law, which is neither Right wing nor Left wing, is the Answer to the Injustice of America’s Rotten Criminal Justice System
By Michael Hoffman
The Bible has been falsified by Marxists and liberal Democrats on the one hand, and on the other by the type of Churchianity that operates in the misnamed “buckle of the Bible belt” of rural America. The fact is, Scripture is neither Right wing nor Left-wing.
Here in Idaho, a predominately “Christian conservative” state where Mr. Trump will be re-elected—probably by a landslide— the legal rate of interest on a loan is more than 500%. Carlo Gambino would have been green with envy.
Alabama, another overwhelmingly Right-wing Christian redoubt, has for decades operated one of the most disgraceful and criminal prison systems in the country, where inmates convicted of crimes such as check-cashing fraud and car theft are routinely malnourished, sodomized, beaten and killed.
The blabbermouths of “Conservative Christendom” who rail against abortion and homosexuality rarely, if ever, consistently utter prophetic admonishment of the government-approved loansharks and their usurious oppression of the poor, or of shameful prisons that have no place in Biblical law.
The churches are emptying in the West not mainly due to atheists, but to the horrible example given by those who call themselves Protestant or Catholic representatives of Jesus Christ. People see their corruption and hypocrisy and figure, “If that’s of Christ I want none of it.” Young people’s antennae are particularly sensitive when it comes to detecting corrupt double standards.
These matters come to mind as we contemplate the ordeal of Robert Duboise, age 56, who was released August 27 after serving 37 years in prison in Florida for a rape and murder he did not commit. He was convicted on the basis of perjury by a “jailhouse informant.”The humility of this man and the manner in which he endured his suffering is a marvel to behold.
Too often we read about an innocent person convicted, and either executed, or spending decades of his or her God-given precious life unjustly locked away.
Most of the churches of Christendom don’t teach the Biblical law on prisons, or financial sins like renting money. Neither do they teach the Bible’s solution to perjury.
The Biblical penalty for perjury consists in the perjurer receiving the sentence that would have been imposed on the innocent person he or she falsely accused:
“If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before the Lord, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days. The judges shall inquire diligently, and if the witness is a false witness and has accused his brother falsely, then you shall do to him as he had meant to do to his brother. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.” [Deuteronomy 19:16-19]
When God's Law is enforced there will be far fewer innocent people executed or imprisoned, and at least “some of the evil in our midst” will be purged. Respect for the law will increase.
The “jailhouse informant” who sent Mr. Duboise to prison for 37 years, along with the Florida District Attorney who enabled this travesty of justice, should both be made to serve 37 years of incarceration. If this were to occur whenever false witness led to punishment of the innocent, these miscarriages of justice would be drastically reduced.
The Darkness tells us that the God of Old Testament Israel is a deity of harsh justice, but His is a better law by far than what the rotten “criminal justice” system of these United States imposes too often on the poor and marginalized of our nation.
Michael Hoffman is a Christian historian who lives with his family in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
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