In an April 22nd article, Commercial Appeal columnist Wendy Thomas who can't seem to make it through five paragraphs without quoting scripture or referencing the Bible in some way discusses the recent rape of two girls. She writes, "As for the attackers, I can't help but think about Old Testament justice. A man caught stealing had his hand hacked off. If these men are convicted, Lorena Bobbitt 'em." Now rape is a terrible crime and it demands terrible punishment. But nowhere in the Old Testament will you find any law stating that thieves' hands should be cut off. There are such provisions in Islamic law and the Code of Hammurabi demanded an eye for an eye. But when it comes to the amputation of a hand The Pesky Fly could only find one Biblical reference: "If two men are fighting, and the wife of one of them comes to rescue her husband from his assailant, and she reaches out and seizes him by his private parts, you shall cut off her hand. Show her no pity." (Deuteronomy 25: 11-12 New International Version)

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