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Following the standard Jewish interpretation of Deut. 25:1-2, Paul declared the slapping of a prisoner prior to conviction under due process of law to be a violation of the law (Acts 23:3). If Paul was struck “contrary to the law,” then anything greater than a slap on the face should also be considered unlawful. This would be true whether the person was a “nativeborn” or “a stranger who dwells among you” since there must be “one law” for both (Exo. 12:49). This principle would rule out waterboarding.
- Phillip Kayser, Torture: A Biblical Critique, p. 16, http://biblicalblueprints.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Torture.pdf.