[Fwd: Slimeball Alert]
I. Marc Carlson
LIB_IMC at centum.utulsa.edu
Sun Oct 27 20:32:51 PST 1996
I'm sorry if this is a repeat.
<Kief<stddly at SHSU.edu>>
>...We, as a people, as a nation have said, for far too long, "...I don't
>want to get involved..."
I didn't say that we shouldn't get involved. That's an entirely separate
point from just accepting the word of an accuser and condemning someone
without a trial. On the other hand, I've been accused of enough things
in my life that weren't true, but were still believed, that I am a trifle
reluctant to place someone else in that position, or to encourage that sort
of attitude. If that offends you, then at least I *have* committed that
offense, and in front of these witnesses, accept that responsibility.
>Yep, you are right, under the rule of law these folk have the right to be
>"Presumed innocent until proven guilty." As well as "The right to face one's
>accusers." However I will presume them to be dangerous to the public at large
>and to the SCA specifically....
You are certainly entitled to your "better safe than sorry" feelings, and I
will not not tell you that you are wrong, or a bad person, or anything other
than that I disagree with this particular method of protecting one's self.
It is, however, your business. I would prefer to keep myself "more safe
than sorry" by trying as hard as I can to not convict in my mind people I
don't know based solely on what other people (who I also don't know) tell
me, and just pray that I'm not accused of any serious crimes where I can be
so prejudged, or anyone I care about.
These people may well be the total excressence that they've been accused of
being, and certainly, it is appropriate that a certain amount of caution
might be advised in dealing with them. It is debateable whether this is
an appropriate forum for that sort of caution. I personally think that it
is not, but that is simply *my* opinion.
>"Better the Hammer than the nail..."
Better the nail than one's thumb.
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