Monday, March 09, 2015

Alan Turing

While this doesn't have anything to do with school reform, I nevertheless hope you'll take a moment to click here to sign this petition:, which will be delivered tomorrow morning by Alan Turing's family to British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London:
Pardon all of the estimated 49,000 men who, like Alan Turing, were convicted of consenting same-sex relations under the British "gross indecency" law (only repealed in 2003), and also all the other men convicted under other UK anti-gay laws.
Here's what Benedict Cumberbatch, the brilliant actor who played Turing in the fantastic movie, Imitation Game, had to say:
"Alan Turing was not only prosecuted, but quite arguably persuaded to end his own life early, by a society who called him a criminal for simply seeking out the love he deserved, as all human beings do. 60 years later, that same government claimed to 'forgive' him by pardoning him. I find this deplorable, because Turing's actions did not warrant forgiveness—theirs did—and the 49,000 other prosecuted men deserve the same."

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