Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 15th Dec 2012 19:11 UTC
In the News "Peers and scientists including Professor Stephen Hawking are once again pushing for an official pardon for codebreaker Alan Turing. Turing's death from cyanide poisoning in 1954 was ruled a suicide, coming after his conviction for gross indecency at a time when homosexuality was illegal." The fact that he still hasn't been pardoned is an utter disgrace.
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RE[3]: fat lot of good
by Laurence on Sun 16th Dec 2012 14:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: fat lot of good"
Laurence
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So, we shouldn't honour Anne Frank? I mean, she clearly violated the laws of the time so, fcuk her, right?

Did you even read my post? I wasn't saying we shouldn't honour Turing. I was saying we shouldn't pardon him because doing so would set a very dangerous legal precedence. There's a huge gulf of difference between the two.

I'm all for the government donating to related charities, opening up museums honouring his life or even having a Turing national holiday to remember him. Or any other way of remembering and honouring the guy that seems fit. However we should not undermine our legal system in the process, and that's a real risk if we pardon him.

Given how much law-related content you post on here, I thought you of all people would have grasped the implications of such a ruling.



...Anne Frank...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Godwin's_law

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Also, I'm loving how you don't seem to give a rats arse about any of the other British homosexuals who were persecuted over that dumb law. To single Turing out like Anne Frank and say we should honour them specifically is just impassionate against the thousands of others who fell foul to unjust laws like this.

But who cares about the 'little' people just so long as your personal heroes are celebrated?

Edited 2012-12-16 14:48 UTC

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