Sunday, June 7, 2009

Appeals to emotion

Coathangers and difficult choices do not a justified homicide make.

Imagine a news story. A poor man kills his daughter for the insurance money. Is this justified? No. Does the distress lessen the offense to manslaughter? Yes*. Does he deserve social services? Yes.

Imagine another news story. Man rapes woman. Woman fights back. Man gets AIDS from woman.

Now, the man fears he'll get arrested if he he goes to the hospital. The wounds get infected and he dies. This death could've been prevented had rape been legal and regulated. Yet do we decry the anti-rape laws? Do we say rape should be legal?


*Depending on how good his lawyer is.

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