"In the Christian understanding, upon which our laws are or should be based, the death penalty was given to mankind for perpetuity under God's covenant with Noah. That covenant was sealed with the sign of the rainbow (Genesis 9:12-13). I don't like the idea of putting a man to death any more than the worst humanistically-minded liberal. But the other day I saw a glorious rainbow and it reminded me that God's institution of the nation state and of true justice is still in force. We need to remember that putting a properly-convicted murderer to death is a righteous act, not something to be ashamed of."Stephen's been busy recently – he had a go at the Atheist Bus Campaign, thinks Andrew Lloyd Webber isn't making an Any Dream Will Do-style talent show for Jesus Christ Superstar because he's scared of Christian Voice, and thinks that sex education for Scouts means leaders are grooming them for sex.
We're waiting to hear what he thinks of our Nine Lessons and Carols for Godless People shows – if you're reading Stephen, you in part inspired Robin Ince to organise them when you wound him up on ITV last year. So thanks for that.