As I am sure readers of this blog know Alan Turing was prosecuted for homosexuality in 1952, forced into hormone treatment, and committed suicide in 1954 (I had always heard that that was WHY he committed suicide
though the dates don't quite line up--- at that time he seemed to be recovered form the ordeal. So there are some legit questions about this.)
He was recently given a Royal Pardon. While I am glad he was pardoned this does raise some questions. Lets me logical.
- If we believe the law criminalizing homosexual acts was unjust (as I am sure that all of my readers do) then Turing is a red herring- they should pardon ALL people convicted. AND note that according to this there are 15,000 men who were convicted of this crime who are still alive.
- Pardon means that the person didn't do the crime. This is not the case here. However, laws are supposed to promote justice, not block it.
(NOTE- the pointer in item 1 says more of what I wanted to say, but says it
more elegantly than I ever could.)