I wish to apologize publicly to all those who were offended by texts that were previously posted at this address. I made claims that were incorrect and comparisons that were completely inappropriate, which I deeply regret. I alone am entirely responsible for the content of those texts, which I hereby withdraw in their entirety. I would also like to thank all those who took the time and trouble to share their thoughts in emails.
The aim of my text was to defend the rights of millions of future victims of global warming, especially in developing countries.
In October 2012, I wrote the following on this page: "I have always been opposed to the death penalty in all cases, and I have always supported the clear and consistent stand of Amnesty International on this issue. The death penalty is barbaric, racist, expensive, and is often applied by mistake." I wish to confirm that this is indeed my opinion. More generally, all human beings in all places and at all times have equal rights. I have been a member and financial supporter of Amnesty International for at least 18 years, and I admire and support their universal, altruistic approach to defending human rights.
The following extract from the text was intended to apply to the entire text: “Please note that I am not directly suggesting that the threat of execution be carried out. I am simply presenting a logical argument. I am neither a politician nor a lawyer. I am just thinking aloud about an important problem.”
Richard Parncutt (B.Sc. with Honours in Physics, University of New England, 1981/82)
27-31 December 2012
The opinions expressed on this page are the personal opinions of the author.
P.S. (July 2013): The last sentence appeared at the foot of the original article. I deleted the article soon after receiving the first complaints. Others then found it in Google Cache, posted it elsewhere in the internet, and linked it to my Wikipedia pages. Further info