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Pontius Pilate describes up-coming crucifixion as ‘deeply regrettable’

May 12, 2014

Amid growing controversy over the planned crucifixion of Jesus of Nazareth, Roman procurator Pontius Pilate, who is on record as being personally opposed to the execution of the preacher Jesus, said in a statement released today that it is “deeply regrettable” that crucifixion agitators will proceed despite the fervent opposition by some local residents and students. But he continued, “Nevertheless, consistent with the commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs.” Pilate added, “I wash my hands of the whole affair.”

Sound familiar? Compare it to this report on Harvard President Drew Faust’s statement about the Harvard Black Mass set for tonight:

Harvard President Drew Faust, in a statement released Monday, said it’s “deeply regrettable” that the event’s organizer will proceed despite the fervent opposition by some local residents and students. “Nevertheless, consistent with the university’s commitment to free expression, including expression that may deeply offend us, the decision to proceed is and will remain theirs…” Faust said.

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Follow-up: Harvard President Drew Faust’s full statement is even more damning of her decision not to intervene. She knows what a horror this ceremony is, she has the power to stop it, and she expressly refuses. (Instead, she’s going to attend a local Holy Hour to show respect for the Catholic religion). I ask, since when is the right response to sin NOT to stop the sin but instead only to ‘make reparation’ for it? The right response to the sin of kidnapping is to release victims, not to hold them trapped while offering rosaries for freedom, no? The right response to pornography use is to stop using it, not to offer Holy Hours for the victims of sexual exploitation, no? So why is Faust’s attending a Catholic prayer service tonight the proper response to her hosting a Catholic hate fest today?

Faust’s actions make absolutely no sense to me.

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