AirTalk for December 29, 2009

Thou shalt steal?

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The Ten Commandments say: "Thou Shalt Not Steal." Pretty clear, right? But Father Tim Jones, the vicar at a Church in York in the U.K., told his parishioners it's more subtle than that...for the poor, shop lifting from chain stores is more moral than mugging, prostitution or burglary. In fact, it might even be justified under desperate circumstances. A priest advising his flock on the morals of stealing? It's caused a huge scandal within the Church of England. But raises the question: can it ever be okay to steal?


James Stacy Taylor, Professor of Ethics, College of New Jersey

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