Dan Hall

the radio preachers
wish the romans used crucifixion
as a means to terrorize the underclass.
it's not so though.

pilate didn't want to kill jesus.
he couldn't believe the pharisees
wanted his death.
pilate let the people choose
whether barbarus, a murder, or jesus, the blasphemer
shall be freed.
the people, under the sway of the pharisees,
expressed their preference for the freedom of Barabus.

the death penalty
is always a terrorist toy
of the lesser sovereign. always.

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