OUR READING TODAY FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT . . .

From THE DAILY MAIL:

Criminals should not make excuses for their wrongdoing, the Archbishop of York said last night. Instead of blaming their background, poverty, drink or drugs, they should face up to the cost of their crimes.

In a tough speech on crime and society, the archbishop said prisons were necessary and condemned the way some offenders are rewarded in jail by being given cable TV and computer games.

COMMENT: Actually, I agree with Dr. John. But I am self-critical enough to realise that both me and he are being lazy-minded, unimaginative, bigoted and downright unchristian.

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OUR READING TODAY FROM THE OLD TESTAMENT . . . — 6 Comments

  1. My aunt says something like this every Christmas. Right on cue as we tuck into our selection of 4 different hot meats she says, “Did you hear what the prisoners are eating today? Roast pork or roast chicken. They get to choose! Bloody disgusting!” ( She always reads about it the day before in the morning paper).

    So Archbishop, you and my old aunt are soul mates!

  2. For the past year or so, I’ve been traveling fairly regularly to a prison (about an hour’s drive from Tulsa) to teach meditation to a group of men who have requested this service. It is a minimum security prison and, I suppose, conditions are much better than in many other facilities. But everytime I drive away I give thanks for my freedom. I really can’t imagine anything worse than being locked up. Just that is punishment enough.

  3. London in the great old days when Henry VIII was running the show had miserable prisons, ghastly penalties and capitol punishment. It also had per capita murder rates worse than any North American city — ever.

    Yup that chicken or pork thing will make prisons so home like that the felons won’t mind confinement.

    FWIW
    jimB