Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
Just because someone feels that a perpetrator of a crime should go to prison does not mean he's consumed by vengeance or condemnation. Do you think he should be left alone to commit more crimes against children? Where does the eternal hand-wringing end?
Just punishment is one thing, but maybe you should read this thread again, but I dare say it was devolving to lynch mob mentalities..
Also folks also should be careful not to insert themselves as the intended subject of ANY of my posts unless I drop specific names. I rarely decide to address any individual opinions here to attack the individuals, more so, I see the vibe and atmosphere of a thread and speak on that. In that regard, this thread was hectic and needed a bit of coolness on the fire. It is not personal to anyone here, just about the topic, not necessarily the opinions of any of the specific posters.
The problem is, if you attack the "vibe" of the thread anyone and everyone can feel personally attacked as they have added to the "vibe".
Hence the disclosure. Also, perhaps "attack" is not my best choice of words, do my two responses on this thread really come across as hostile or attacking? I hope not, if so I need to edit, because that was not my intentions. I did want to "attack" the fire-and-brimstone that was getting caustically tossed around back and forth on this thread, and I wanted to drive home a point of love. So if I failed, I apologize, and if anyone here feels personally attacked, I apologize for that too.
I guess this kind of cuts to the quick of the matter. Is it even a good thing to try and tamper down some fire-and-brimstone? Shouldn't it be somewhat reassuring that some people still get angered about kids getting buggered? Shouldn't it be comforting to know that instances like these will illicit natural human emotions? These emotions we have, hatred for those who destroy lives is one of the things that has made human society successful. If no one cares when something rotten happens, or just brush it off and respond with 'love' all it does is create a climate where these acts will continue to be perpetrated. There will always be bad actors and good actors in society. The thing we want to do is make the consequences for bad actors so frightful that the less bad of the bunch will weigh the consequences vs the benefits of feeding their pleasures. Of course there will be those who are so lost that not even the threat of extreme violence will keep them from engaging in their baser desires. These people will do more good in death, serving as an example for the more easily swayed than they would being 'rehabilitated'.