Wednesday 24 January 2018

Mitchell letter shows poor moral judgment

The 18th Century German philosopher Immanuel Kant once asserted that "there is no parallel between death and even the most miserable life, so that there is no equality of crime and retribution unless the perpetrator (of a murder) is judicially put to death".

In light of Mr Kant's words of truth and wisdom, Gay Mitchell acted outrageously when he personally submitted a letter in 1998 to the US Embassy seeking clemency for a murderer who abducted a young woman at gunpoint and raped her as she bled to death from bullet wounds.

A civilised society that respects the sanctity of innocent human life must recognise that the death penalty is not a form of revenge -- but is rather an essential form of justice.

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