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To: Monkey Face

Actually, yes.

:)

What's interesting is that you and I have more in common than you know, and I'm not out to get you...just out to get you to think.

We do not disagree on the main point that child molesters are pretty much given over to their depravity and need to be separated in whatever way from polite society forever.

I was merely toying with the idea of permanent, prominent "branding" for the loathesome creatures that are let out of jail. Personally, I don't think they should ever be let out of jail, because their desire for more and more perverted sensory input cannot be quenched. But in the practical world, I doubt that will ever be the case.

But, in observing the effect that "branding" has had on one abuser, I'm inclined to want to promote more of that sort of thing for the present. The abuser was shamed and terrified for his life, just like his victim. It fits the crime as well as can be hoped for if we're going to let them into free society.

IF (see the "if"?) a pedophile CAN repent, "branding" might just be more charitable to his eternal soul, a last effort at redemption, so to speak. It's a chance to bear his sin publicly, bear his shame publicly, and have to prove his sincerity daily, hourly, minute by minute.

There, but for the Grace of God, none of us dare go. If I were branded for my sins, I'd be a better person, alas!


110 posted on 04/23/2005 3:08:29 PM PDT by January24th
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To: January24th
"What's interesting is that you and I have more in common than you know, and I'm not out to get you...just out to get you to think."

(I have to truly struggle over my posts, so you wanting me to "think" is a redundancy. Have you noticed how long it takes me to respond? CFIDS does not make being on FR an easy thing.)

"We do not disagree on the main point that child molesters are pretty much given over to their depravity and need to be separated in whatever way from polite society forever.

I was merely toying with the idea of permanent, prominent "branding" for the loathesome creatures that are let out of jail. Personally, I don't think they should ever be let out of jail, because their desire for more and more perverted sensory input cannot be quenched. But in the practical world, I doubt that will ever be the case."

If the world were made of conservatives, branding might be an option, as it was in some societies, hundreds of years ago. But now, we have to worry about the tree-huggers and hand-wringers and do-gooders. (I have some pretty strong ideas on that subject, too!) The closest we have to branding is internet sites that mark the predators' homes.

"But, in observing the effect that "branding" has had on one abuser, I'm inclined to want to promote more of that sort of thing for the present. The abuser was shamed and terrified for his life, just like his victim. It fits the crime as well as can be hoped for if we're going to let them into free society.

IF (see the "if"?) a pedophile CAN repent, "branding" might just be more charitable to his eternal soul, a last effort at redemption, so to speak. It's a chance to bear his sin publicly, bear his shame publicly, and have to prove his sincerity daily, hourly, minute by minute."

A pedophile CAN repent, if he wants. Just like a murderer. I have never heard of a pedophile who WANTED to repent. And that is what makes them so dangerous.

"There, but for the Grace of God, none of us dare go. If I were branded for my sins, I'd be a better person, alas!"

I think, if our sins were made public, we would be less inclined to repeat them. In our local paper when I was growing up, we got ALL the dirt. In the section with births, deaths and divorces, we were treated to who committed what crime on what day and where. Seldom ever did we see a name more than once. ;o]

114 posted on 04/23/2005 3:39:39 PM PDT by Monkey Face (If you didn't know how old you really are, how old would you be?)
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