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the state of being guilty of bloodshed and murder

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A key piece of scripture often cited in objections to same-sex marriage, the passage goes as follows: "If a man lies with a male as one lies with a woman, the two of them have done an abhorrent thing; they shall be put to death--their bloodguilt is upon them.
The distinction made in the Bible, in the book of Exodus, between daytime and nighttime intrusions is meant to provide a rule of thumb: Because darkness is more dangerous than light, there is no bloodguilt for killing a thief who comes in the night.
In reply, the Jewish onlookers boldly accept the bloodguilt themselves and, searingly, heap it upon their children.
Much of European Jewish history is bloodguilt by ghettoization, expulsion, and extermination, but only once in the 320-year American Jewish experience has a Jew been hung by mob violence.
then you shall add three more cities to these three, so that the blood of an innocent person may not be shed in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, thereby bringing bloodguilt upon you [NRSV].