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Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik

John Piper
Life Is Cheap in Norway: C. S. Lewis on the Sentence of Anders Breivik

Anders Breivik’s sentence for killing 77 people in Norway on July 22, 2011 is outrageous. He was deemed sane and sentenced to serve 21 years in prison “in a three-cell suite of rooms equipped with exercise equipment, a television and a laptop.” That’s 100 days of posh prison time for each person he murdered, with a legal release possible at age 53. Life is cheap in Norway.

The news agencies explained that such a sentence

is consistent with... Continue Reading