1. Hank says

    Not sure about Britain, but on this country a “pardon” is given to a guilty person. Turing was guilty of nothing; he was harassed and tortured to death by his own government. This is like “pardoning” someone for violating Jim Crow laws, or anti-Jewish laws in Germany. There should be a formal apology and reparation for the fact the law ever existed in the first place, not a “pardon.”

  2. Bill Perdue says

    It took them long enough.

    The sadistic and criminal persecution of Turing and thousands of others is that what christer and islamist thugs want for all of us.

    Every living person prosecuted under those laws and their descendants should be compensated.

  3. bructer says

    The Christian Taliban will probably have a fit over this. They should bring these old hate laws up when they speak to the civil rights of all people today. There are still a lot of hateful laws on the books.

  4. simon says

    The government should also move his body and that of Oscar Wilde to Westminster Abbey where a lot of famous Brits were buried. There seem to be no known gay people buried there except may be Newton who is probably gay, not openly of course.

  5. says

    His own mother didn’t believe he committed suicide. Profilers don’t think so, either. The government just didn’t want it known publicly that in a very real sense, the war was cut short in favor of the Allies as a result of the cleverness of a convicted homosexual. At the time of his death Turing was conducting experiments involving metal-plating, which explains the presence of toxic chemicals including cyanide. His mind was very sharp and his calendar schedule was full despite the emasculating effects of the “chemical castration” (forced estrogen injections) on his body. England just didn’t want the world to know they had to count on a pervert to end a world war. A pardon is an insult. A global apology – in behalf of all who realize their lives improved the moment they learned how to use a computer is in order, to be delivered in the next United Nations General Assembly.

  6. Bill Michael says

    Turing was given an official “apology” in September of 2009 by then British PM Gordon Brown however Turing had, in fact, been “convicted” for “homosexual acts” in 1952 and this is what the pardon is about. A pardon would officially clear Turing’s name. Of course moving his remains to a place of honour such as Westminster Abbey would be the final step in trying to make amends for his brutal treatment and what many now believe was his murder.

  7. anon says

    Britain saw itself as the successor of the Roman Empire and tried to live up to the roman ideals of masculinity. This meant a kind of churlish bisexuality. They saw Turing’s actions as a slap in the face to the British establishment. If he had simply gotten married everything would have worked out. They found his behavior extremely insulting. Oscar Wilde got in trouble when he decided he might leave his wife for a younger man. Turing also got into trouble because the UK was on the fence about fighting the cold war and wile they needed Turing for that fight, they didn’t want to alienate either the US or the USSR too much. The US would consider him a security risk and the USSR would have considered him a serious threat. Baring him from govt. work was a way to appease both sides.

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