Gordon Whitehead (letter, 1 January) seems to imply that as long as somebody suffers following these sins we're all supposed to have committed, then the needs of divine justice are satisfied. If such a principle were to catch on at the Home Office, I like to believe there would be some sort of public outcry.
His analogy of Christ's paying our debts like someone paying a criminal's fine is incomplete. It is more like the government specifically hiring someone to take on everybody's fines, then sacking them for it, but promising them a very good pension. We would then claim crime had been eliminated. Surely not even Michael Howard ... oh well, maybe.
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