Crime and Punishment
A Public Shaming in Ohio
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  • gabrielsyme

    I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do
    not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I
    live in.

    As much as I approve in theory of the pillory (and I have no objections to its particular use here) this kind of language of denunciation is quite troubling, since it is precisely the same language secularists are using to denounce anyone who has not accecpted our Brave New World. Given the rise of “hate speech” laws in Canada and other Western nations, and the willingness of secularists to expand their inquisition into the realm of privately held belief (witness Brendan Eich), it is not difficult to see this kind of thing used to shame those who continue to dissent from liberal orthodoxy.

  • Corlyss

    Let me guess. This fatuous proposal was authored by one of the staff with either tongue firmly in cheek or serious Europe envy. Europe has decided that it really can’t afford to punish criminals any more, so it’s devised a facade of drooly compassion in which almost any jail time is labeled cruel and inhuman and relegated to the ranks of Medieval torture in favor of social therapy. Then they lie about their crime rates to make it appear that their solutions are more effective that incarceration.

  • lhfry

    That the pillory could be punishment for thought crimes is troubling, but how about crimes like fraud? The pillory would publicize and shame the bad actors whereas jail time or fines have little or no public consequence. Often that means that the fraudster can do it again.

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