With only a couple of days left in the year, Tucker Carlson’s comment that Michael Vick should have been executed takes the cake,

“I’m a Christian, I’ve made mistakes myself. I believe fervently in second chances. But Michael Vick killed dogs. And he did so in a heartless and cruel way. And I think, personally, he should have been executed for that.”

Trading a human life for a dog’s?  Yeah, I’d say that’s probably not Christian.  No culture of which I’m aware has ever made a routine practice of trading human for animal life.  Certainly the Hebrew Torah, upon which the foundations of Judaism and Christianity rest, does not allow it; one of the relevant passages of scripture:

If anyone takes the life of a human being, he must be put to death.  Anyone who takes the life of someone’s animal must make restitution–life for life.  If anyone injures his neighbor, whatever he has done must be done to him; fracture for fracture, eye for eye, tooth for tooth.  As he has injured the other so he is to be injured.  Whoever kills an animal must make restitution, but whoever kills a man must be put to the death. (Leviticus 24: 17-22)

Even the killing of someone else’s animal didn’t warrant the death penalty amongst ancient Hebrews.  But blaspheming (uttering disrespectful things about) the Lord did:

anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord must be put to death. (Leviticus 24: 16)

I wonder:  If all wisdom and grace flows from the Lord, as Christians claim to believe, is it blasphemous to be so recklessly stupid as Tucker Carlson?  Instead of executing Michael Vick, is there theological justification for stoning Tucker Carlson?

Dog worshipers like Carleson don’t get that killing a dog is not even illegal, so long as the dog belongs to the one doing the killing, and the killing is done humanely.  If I wanted to kill my five-year-old mutt from the pound, I could put a bullet between her eyes and nobody could say a thing.  Vick went to jail because of his inhumane treatment of the dogs.   A pretty strong argument could be made that he would never have suffered jail time for what he did had he not been Michael Vick.  Only the most extreme cases of animal cruelty are ever punished as severely as was Michael Vick’s case.

Even so, Vick served his time.  Now, given a chance to do again what he does best, he has excelled.  Way to go, Mr. Vick.  And just please shut up Mr. Carlson.

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