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Learning from the Bible

The old–timers among us will remember the television personality Art Linkletter. His interviews with children on his TV show House Party put surprising twists into, well, just about everything. Here’s an interview he conducted with a child on the subject of biblical nonviolence:

Art: What are you learning at school that you can tell us about?

Child: They teach you not to fight with your friends.

Art: How do they do that?

Child: They read from the Bible, where Jesus says, “Thou shalt not kill.”

Art: I’m happy to hear that they’ve stopped the killing on the playgrounds this way. But tell me, have you been punished lately?

Child: Yes.

Art: What for?

Child: Hitting a kid in the face with a cupcake.

Art: Why did you do that?

Child: It’s not in the Bible.

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