Alan Dershowitz got patriarch Abraham off the hook, while prosecuting attorney Eliot Spitzer tried to have the Biblical figure convicted for child abuse. It all took place at “The People vs. Abraham” mock trial held at the Temple Emanu-El, as reported by the New York Post.
Spitzer argued that Abraham, who was commanded by God to make his son Isaac a burnt offering but was told at the last minute that it wasn’t necessary because he proved his obedience to God’s will, had only himself, and not God, to blame.
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In front of a makeshift jury of over 1, 3000, Spitzer said, “The voice of God is no defense for criminal acts. We have heard too much in too many parts of the world about acts justified by the mandate of God to permit those … commands t determine what is acceptable under criminal laws.”
However, it was the internal principles and logic of the Bible itself, according to Dershowitz, that mean that Abraham had to be acquitted, and the responsibility was Gods. “If you believe in the bible, ” said Dershowitz, “You must acquit.”