Jesus And Mississippi Legislature Disagree About Killing People At Church
Jesus: “You have heard that it has been said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,’ but I say unto you that you not resist evil, but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
The Mississippi legislature: “Killing a person while acting as a participant of a church or place of worship security team is justifiable homicide”.
House Bill 786 was passed by the Mississippi Senate yesterday. It was previously passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives, and so is now on its way to the Governor’s desk for final approval as the law of the state.
The law allows members of church security teams to carry guns and kill people that they believe to be committing “any felony”, not just assault or murder. Suspicion of stealing someone’s purse would authorize appointed church killers to take aim and fire their guns.
On some matters, however, Mississippi state legislators insisted on being very strict. Mississippi House Bill 786 demands that people applying to join church killing squads must reveal their racial identities.
Also, nothing in Mississippi House Bill 786 makes it crystal clear that nothing in the legislation should be construed as requiring gun registration or the sharing of gun serial numbers with any authority. Gun registration and the sharing of gun serial numbers, after all, would be morally wrong.
Curiously, the legislation also allows any member of church killing squads to defend themselves in court against charges of murder through the assertion that he or she “was not a tramp, or was setting out on a journey and was not a tramp” or that he or she was playing sports at the time of a church-sponsored killing.