Violence cannot lead to virtue

BBC News – Fabrice Muamba: Racist Twitter user jailed for 56 days: No good can come from locking him in a cage. His actions have already had negative consequences on his life as a result of social ostracisation. It is monstrous and irrational to subject him to the psychological torture of imprisonment. Those who support this ruling must realise that in doing so they demonstrate that they advocate violent solutions to non-violent problems. For all who claim to live by moral principles this self-knowledge should trouble them deeply and should, if they’re interested in being rational, prompt them to question the premises their morality rests on.

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