The punishment meted out to those convicted of crimes should be based on our Constitution and the body of laws that flow from it, not a government official's interpretation of holy writ
We don't have to treat them like holy writ
, we don't have to treat them like the Bible and not alter a word.
He is no toady; as he writes about Elizabeth Bishop: "Still, it should be possible to admire Bishop's genuine, and considerable, achievement without treating her every scribble as holy writ
For example, he notes, "We would expect much higher support for the justifiability of divorce among Muslims than among Christians if holy writ
There was virtually no resistance as Holy Writ
was a substitute for secular law.
Nonetheless, the BMI has become holy writ
, and losing weight has become a cultural obsession.
And then it reads, right there in Holy Writ
, "But their story seemed like nonsense.
They are often surprised to learn that the Samaritans, who accept only the Pentateuch as Holy Writ
, are a vital, intelligent group with a rich history and a distinctive language and literature, practicing their own form of worship and following age-old traditions and customs.
In this environment, Petraeus, as the author and champion of current US counter-insurgency (COIN) doctrine, will have the unenviable task of turning his words - which have taken on the aura of holy writ
- into hard facts on the ground, under the leadership of a president who has made plain that he will invest neither the time nor the resources which COIN will inevitably demand.
But even Holy Writ
must be redacted when it doesn't gibe with military-industrial advertisers.
Carl von Clausewitz's On War, published posthumously in 1832, is perhaps the most widely quoted and revered works on the topic ever written, but military historians Willmott and Barrett complain that the work has been granted the uncritical status of holy writ
and note that after over a century and half much of its material must be seen as dated.