Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Stop this lazy scape-goating of human rights

"Frances Lawrence suggests that for taking her husband's right to life his killer should be deprived of his own human rights. Who among us would feel any differently about a man who had killed a loved one? But we utterly fail her family and others who have lost a relative to murder by lazily scape-goating human rights for society's ills." —Katie Ghose

"The alternative &mdash to allow subjective feeling to overrule rational law &mdash is to move back towards the days of crude local justice, of public stocks and floggings and hangings; to the Salem witchhunts, to the boatloads of convicts headed for Van Diemen’s Land." —Alice Miles

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