We are all sinners, so should not be casting stones

LETTER

Re: Responses to letter sent from prison, March 29.

Gosh, I read these responses on the day before Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus Christ’s execution. The scriptures record that Christ suffered because he stood against injustice and persecution, amongst other things.

I remind the four supporting this harsh sentence of another accused woman long ago who was about to receive harsh punishment. Jesus intervened and said: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

No one threw that stone.

To me sinning, wrongdoing and criminality all fit in the same box.

Disconnecting from Jesus’s mention that all are sinners, I dare to say we are all criminals. If ecocide was on the list of judgements that go before the courts, we would all be in jail. Even if we claim we are not burglars or vandals of our world’s ecosystems, we cannot deny we’re not receivers, aiders, abettors, or suchlike. By living our high-impact lifestyles, we are all in on the act. Shame on us all.

In the individual case that sparked this debate, no one has actually died. But not so with the future death toll on the planet from our knowing actions. The aftermath will leave Hitler’s and Pol Pot’s lists of victims looking pretty small.

Nor can we, with honesty, plead ignorance. As we continue our high-environmental-impact lifestyles, we know exactly what we do. So, please, set the prisoner free!

Bob Hughes

Re: Responses to letter sent from prison, March 29.

Gosh, I read these responses on the day before Good Friday, the day we remember Jesus Christ’s execution. The scriptures record that Christ suffered because he stood against injustice and persecution, amongst other things.

I remind the four supporting this harsh sentence of another accused woman long ago who was about to receive harsh punishment. Jesus intervened and said: “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” (John 8:7)

No one threw that stone.

To me sinning, wrongdoing and criminality all fit in the same box.

Disconnecting from Jesus’s mention that all are sinners, I dare to say we are all criminals. If ecocide was on the list of judgements that go before the courts, we would all be in jail. Even if we claim we are not burglars or vandals of our world’s ecosystems, we cannot deny we’re not receivers, aiders, abettors, or suchlike. By living our high-impact lifestyles, we are all in on the act. Shame on us all.

In the individual case that sparked this debate, no one has actually died. But not so with the future death toll on the planet from our knowing actions. The aftermath will leave Hitler’s and Pol Pot’s lists of victims looking pretty small.

Nor can we, with honesty, plead ignorance. As we continue our high-environmental-impact lifestyles, we know exactly what we do. So, please, set the prisoner free!

Bob Hughes

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Tony Pickett - 5 months ago
Bob, what planet do you live on? You do not go to prison after a second burglary as claimed unless it is super serious in NZ. You stated "So, please, set the prisoner free!". She is a criminal. And what about the victims in this matter?
By the way, your God has made a hell of a mess of this world with the type of humans he is supposed to have created - it all comes from the original genes. I bet you have an answer for that too.

Gordon Webb - 5 months ago
Bob,
There are sinners and there are lawbreakers. Try to see a difference.

John Fricker - 5 months ago
You give old, white, men a bad name. Old white and off-white women will be emboldened by your lunacy. Judas!

Bob Hughes - 5 months ago
To Tony and Gordon, the point I make is We are all criminals by choosing to live as we do.
As a science believer, we are a product of evolution.
I believe not God but we humans are messing the world by committing the ultimate crime of ecocide upon Mother Earth, the provider of all our earthly needs.
If we knowingly continue doing so we are far worse than any two-time burglar in jail
We know exactly what we do. We are stupid if we don't cease doing it.

Judy Collie, Qld - 5 months ago
If it had been your home that had been burgled Bob Hughes, would you still be pleading for the prisoner to be set free? I think not!

Tony Lee - 5 months ago
Hey Bob, yep I'm a social democrat, a progressive (pejoratively, a pinko leftie) and I support and agree with your stance on and promotion of climate change issues. I do so because your views are backed by data, evidence and conclusions that have been peer reviewed and backed by an overwhelming proportion of the scientific community.
Whether or not I agree with your views in this letter is immaterial to my position that religion, god, the bible or other constructs based on no evidence have no place in evidence-based discussion.
I agree somewhat with Gordon but without the notion of sin: the opportunities to offend are vast and many of these offences are against the law.

Gordon Webb - 5 months ago
Put that in bold capitals. "Tony Lee agrees with me". The New Age has dawned.

Bob Hughes - 5 months ago
It matters little whether one believes the Gospel stories or not, to make a judgement whether persecution by stoning or the jailing of a woman for two and a half years is punishment enough for a crime.
The lessons of the Bible are there for Christians and non-Christians alike.

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