I find it puzzling that someone would encourage people to avoid invoking criminal law in dealing with particular kinds of crimes and criminals (in this case polygamy and polygamists), but that's exactly what Ed Firmage does (My View, April 20). As he states, "Jesus' admonition against going to the law in all but the last, most desperate alternative is simply the recognition of the law's savagery."

Rejecting the rule of law in America because it contradicts statements by Jesus Christ or for any other reasons invites social chaos. In my view, rule of law is the only thing between us and the jungle, between order on the one hand and a maelstrom of rapidly shifting whims on the other. Mr. Firmage asks, "Have we no shame?" To that I answer, "There is no shame in enforcing the law."

Chuck Tripp

West Valley City