A higher authority

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A Colorado court has revoked a death sentence because the jurors took advice from the Bible, which the court defined as a ‘higher authority’. Strangely, the Bible was used to justify the death penalty rather than to argue for mercy – which only goes to show how dangerous it can be when you combine selective quotation with untouched, natural ignorance. In the end it was the very (mis)use of the Bible to justify killing which led to the criminal escaping the death penalty. God moves in mysterious, not to say, ironic ways.