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Why is cursing one’s parents a sin (suitable for death)?

“Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death. Because they have cursed their father or mother, their blood will be on their own head.” Leviticus 20:9
            Cursing and criticizing are very different.  Criticizing means one doesn’t agree with his parents.  Cursing means verbally damning them to death.
            Family unity is very important to God.  The fifth commandment speaks of honoring your parents.  Cursing is the ultimate act of dishonoring.  If we disrespect our parents, we make it easier to disrespect our spiritual parent—God.