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Not vermin, but fellow-sinners

03 August 2012


From Canon David Peel

Sir, - You report the comments made by Canon David Crooks after a vicious attack on a post-office assistant ( News, 20 July).

If Canon Crooks thinks of the perpetrators as "vermin", he is dehumanising them, and thereby surrendering the right to judge their actions and to propose a punishment suited to the circumstances: we do not make moral judgements about the actions of mice and rats.

Worse, he seems to have forgotten the first two words of the Lord's Prayer: there is no "they" who commit crimes, however awful, only some of us.

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