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Maybe Rev Clarke is going to prison to convert the convicted

Monday, March 12, 2018

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Dear Editor,

St Paul was falsely accused as an enemy of the Roman Empire and an antagonist of the Jewish religion. He was sent to Rome to be tried in AD59. Some years later, without trial, he was executed. Concerning the time, place, and manner of his death we have little certainty. It is commonly believed that when a general persecution was raised against the Christians by Nero, about AD 64, falsely charged of setting Rome on fire, both St Paul and St Peter were executed with 100 other Christian converts, either in AD 64 or 65, and buried in the Via Ostiensis. St Paul claimed that God and Christ sent him to Rome to preach the good news to Romans. and to strengthen, through faith, the Christian church there.

Rev Rupert Clarke is lucky that he lives in a liberal age where punishment tends to be humane. Probably Rev Clarke could console himself that God has sent him to prison to convert the convicted. He has time in confinement, like the monks and nuns of ancient times who went into confinement to remove themselves from the world, to redeem himself as well as to preach and teach redemption to other inmates. I hope that he will be made to labour productively to defray some of the costs of his keep. He could be returned to a modicum of freedom after four years behind prison walls with a tracking device securely fastened to his wrist or ankle and required to report regularly to the nearest police station until he completes his sentence.

Oren O Cousins





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