Asked to reconcile his position on selfdefense with Christ's admonition to turn the other cheek
, he told Pate that "Jesus was not some pacifist wimp, as many like to portray him, but a really tough guy.
And while violence and coercion are in a certain way effective (a dead enemy can no longer do harm), that effectiveness is purchased at the price of ignoring Jesus' commands to love enemies, turn the other cheek
, and bless those who curse you.
Sure, we encourage one another to "turn the other cheek
" (Jesus), but so do we "give the devil his due" (Shakespeare).