February 13, 2004

Hey, Let's Play "Huttonise History"

The Guardian continues its dreary descent into tabloid land.

They recently ran a contest where contestants were invited to divine how Lord Hutton might have "interpreted episodes from history."

One of the winners:

Hutton on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ:

"I am satisfied that the decision to crucify Jesus Christ was one that was made after an independent and rigorous trial by Pontius Pilate. I am further satisfied that Pilate's questioning of him was appropriate and that the Jewish and Roman authorities fully exercised their duty of care towards him.

From the evidence I have heard, I conclude that Pilate acted impartially throughout, although I cannot entirely rule out the possibility that he was subconsciously influenced by thousands of people - led by the Jewish elders - shouting: "Crucify him, crucify him."

The issues of whether the trial before the Jewish elders was fair, whether Jesus Christ is the son of God, and whether he deserved to die fall outside my remit, and I therefore wash my hands of them."
Peter Walsh
."

Hopefully Davies, Gilligan and Dyke will get a chuckle out of it...

Posted by Gregory at February 13, 2004 02:19 AM
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