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Compassion versus punishment in the War on Drugs

“I felt like I was doing God’s work, and then when it hit my own family I was in for an awakening,” says Kevin Simmers, a “veteran police officer.” He adds, “I believed wholheartedly that enforcement and incarceration was the answer to this, but then when addiction hit my own house I seen {sic} that that was not true…We need drug treatment, we gotta help the person.”

Jesus and the Death Penalty: Romans 13 or the Golden Rule?

Under the New Covenant made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus, Christians are under no such obligation to protect society, or even to obey its norms, customs, or dictates—rather we are to transcend and transform it. The whole point of grace is that no matter what we do, God loves us, and that he no longer requires—or even desires—that anyone be punished for anything.

“Making a Murderer,” “The Night Of,” and the case against the criminal justice system

Making a Murderer caused many who saw it to seriously question, if not abandon, one of the convenient fictions that most Americans believe—that, in the unlikely event we get arrested for a crime we didn’t commit, all we have to do is explain ourselves and the system will quickly realize that it made a mistake. After all, only guilty people hire lawyers.