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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To What Effect?
by johjeff on Wed 19th Dec 2012 03:26 UTC
johjeff
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2007-11-06

It is sad that he was persecuted, prosecuted and killed himself for being homosexual, but what good is a pardon? He is dead. He won't know he's pardoned. Maybe to make his descendents happy?

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RE: To What Effect?
by Alfman on Wed 19th Dec 2012 16:31 in reply to "To What Effect?"
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2011-01-28

johjeff,

"It is sad that he was persecuted, prosecuted and killed himself for being homosexual, but what good is a pardon? He is dead. He won't know he's pardoned. Maybe to make his descendents happy?"

It's symbolic more than anything else. We do things all the time to give respect the deceased, I think it's because it gives the living more confidence that wrongs will be righted and they will be respected even after their deaths.

After reading the discussion here on OSnews, I think a principled blanket pardon would go over much better than an Alan Turing specific pardon.

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