Many of you are probably aware of the recent story out of London, in which an Australian radio team pranked a hospital into giving out information about the royal pregnancy. The nurse who gave out the information apparently committed suicide in shame.
Today Richard Dawkins, a smart man who makes a habit of saying dumb things, gave his opinion on the matter. Because of his importance, it became the 'Quote of the Day' for a major British paper.
'Stop the witch hunt. Like Bradley Manning, the Australian hospital hoaxers have been punished enough'
You guys can do what you like with your radio hosts, but -- assuming he is found guilty via due process -- Bradley Manning has not yet begun to be punished enough. That's a mode of thinking that just needs to stop now. He stands accused of betraying his brothers to their enemies.
Of old, we'd have hung a man proved guilty of that. It's not a mark of our sophistication that we won't do it today. It's a mark of our decadence. There's an old poem about a time 'when all men are paid for existing, and no man must pay for his sins.' It is a poem that is perilously close to a prophecy.