were subject to the strict laws of the Old Testament. There were plagues, people who were turned to pillars of salt, and a flood that wiped out everyone on the planet except for Moses, his family, and 2 of each animal. People met swift punishments for their sins, and some were even stoned to death. Although crucifixion has always been closely identified with Jesus, it is not likely that he was the first or the last to meet this fate. In fact, history records that there were 2 thieves who were nailed to crosses on both sides of him.
But despite the sacrifice that Jesus made, and the mercy that he has shown us and continues to show us, there are those on the "Christian" right who stand high on their soap boxes holding stones firmly in their hands waiting for the opportunity to pummel those who have fallen short, as if they themselves have never sinned. Even in the midst of a disaster there are those who choose to promote their insensitive, far fetched agenda even if it is rooted in insanity.