Tuesday, January 13, 2015

WWJD about North Korea and the Sony Hack

WWJD (What would Jesus do) about the U.S. deciding to retaliate against North Korea for its alleged hacking of Sony? While the "just war" tradition is helpful, there's a quicker way to get to the point.

Here's a deductive syllogism from the Bible.

A) Jesus believed that the Torah was authoritative (The Torah is the Five Books of the Bible), per Matthew 5:17-19.

B) The Torah says "thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor." (Exodus 20:16)

C) The U.S. government manufactured evidence of North Korean culpability.

D) Manufacturing evidence is bearing false witness (false testimony) against your neighbor.

E) Conclusion: Jesus would not have supported retaliation against North Korea.

This syllogism avoids questions of "what kind of force is appropriate," "are sanctions appropriate," as the very premises of the government's arguments are undermined.  "Who would Jesus bomb" is irrelevant here.


The accused are not guilty.

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