CENTRE DAILY TIMES
Another View from the Bible
I direct this letter to Mrs. James Spencer, to William Lose, and to all self-appointed judges of Joseph Acanfora.
You have condemned a man, advocating, in effect, that he be denied a means of livelihood, and thus be ostracized from society, for his stand in defense of the right of a human being to live his personal life as he pleases.
You have quoted the Bible in defense of your judgment of him; yet in condemning him, you have ignored the precept laid down by Jesus Christ himself in Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye be not judged.”
In the eighth chapter of the Book of John, Christ is confronted with an adultress, “taken in the very act,” who is about to be stoned to death in accordance with the law of Moses (this law appears in Leviticus 20:10, three verses prior to that quoted by Mrs. Spencer relating to homosexuality).
Asked what should be done with her, Jesus replied, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” When the woman’s persecutors have all departed, Christ asks her, “Hath no man condemned thee?” She replied that none has, and Jesus tells her, “Neither do I condemn thee.”
If Jesus Christ himself would not pass judgment upon this woman, who is Mrs. Spencer, or Mr. Lose, or any official of the school district to pass judgment upon Mr. Acanfora?
MRS. CURTIS DODDS