I am writing in response to William Boernke’s death penalty letter about “In God We Trust,” and his assertion that the “eye for an eye” approach of the the Old Testament differs from that of the Christian God. ("'In God We Trust' effort misses mark," May 1)
He is correct, of course, that Jesus Christ preached “turn the other cheek” (which is, in fact, not a commandment but an “evangelical counsel” for those who seek to live an even more perfect Christian life).
Jesus, however, also said in Matthew 18:6 (Douay-Rheims translation): “But he that shall scandalize one of these little ones that believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be drowned in the depth of the sea.”
That sounds like the death penalty to me, at least for those who abuse the innocence of children.
Richard J. Wall Jr., Lincoln