Monday, November 28, 2011
Grant a pardon to Alan Turing
A new online petition to the British government is asking for a pardon for the conviction of Alan Turing http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/23526 It says:
We ask the HM Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing for the conviction of 'gross indecency'. [...] A pardon can go to some way to healing this damage. It may act as an apology to many of the other gay men, not as well known as Alan Turing, who were subjected to these laws.
Before you rush to sign what seems like a very worthy cause you should read John Graham-Cumming's reasons for not supporting the campaign. He was the person who organised the recent apology from the British government to Turing.
You can then decide if you want to support the new petition or not.