Don't Insult Alan Turing with a Pardon
  • Petitioned Rt Hon Theresa May

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Home Secretary and Minister of State for Women and Equalities
Rt Hon Theresa May
Member of House of Lords
Lord Sharkey

Don't Insult Alan Turing with a Pardon

    1. Chris  Rust
    2. Petition by

      Chris Rust

      Sheffield, United Kingdom

Alan Turing was an outstanding citizen who made a huge contribution to defending Britain and her Allies in WWII and was one of the fathers of the computers that we take for granted today. Because he was gay, Turing was prosecuted under a brutal and archaic British law, "chemically castrated" by the courts and committed suicide two years later. Now the UK Parliament is considering a bill by Lord Sharkey to pardon Turing because of his great contribution to our society.


This would be a dreadful move because it says that only exceptional people can be "let off" from convictions under unjust and oppressive laws. Instead the UK government should apologise to every person, living or dead, who has suffered from this law and take steps to see that Turing is properly honoured for his great achievements, perhaps by some lasting monument like a "Turing Law" to deal with future injustices.

To:
Rt Hon Theresa May, Home Secretary and Minister of State for Women and Equalities
Lord Sharkey, Member of House of Lords
Don't Insult Alan Turing with a Pardon

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • andy carpenter DIDCOT, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 10 months ago

      Simple he broke the law at that time whether it was right or wrong that was the law of the land at the time so he should never be given a pardon

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    • Tim Martin LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      An apology to all the victims of the law.

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    • Abe Thompson-Ford BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Instead of this 'pardon', how about demanding to act in future cases with condolences and sincere apologies for those unfortunate enough to have been affected by past idiocies.

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    • Tristan Roberts CAMBRIDGE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • about 1 year ago

      Singling out one individual to be pardoned implicitly condones the convictions of the many other people prosecuted under the same law. Any admission of wrongdoing on the part of the government must extend to all people prosecuted under this vile law unless they want to spit in their faces.

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    • Simeon Yates SHEFFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 1 year ago

      All men and women abused by anti gay laws should be pardoned

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