Our Threatened Freedom
Can Crime Stopping Be Dangerous? (03:03)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Can
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:09 A recent issue of Science Digest carried a very important article entitled “Twenty-first Century Crime Stoppers” by Richard Koenig. The article deals with research into the predictions of crime. All of us to some degree are involved in the prediction of criminal or abnormal behavior. We look at some of the neighborhood youth and we predict that some of them will come to no good end. Sometimes we are right and sometimes we are very, very wrong.
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:44 Now, however, we have scientists who believe that testing of various kinds will enable man and a generation also to single out accurately and clearly the criminal in advance, long before he has committed any crime. Even to estimating how many crimes a year that person will commit. It is proposed by some that such people be jailed or executed in advance of any such behavior.
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:15 American Civil Liberties Union lawyer David Landaw has protested against this kind of thinking, stating, and I quote, “Almost all social science studies show that you cannot predict future criminality with any accuracy. There’s also a Constitutional objection. You are talking about punishing people for crimes they have not committed.”
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:42 There is another important objection, a religious one. Basic to Biblical faith is the doctrine of responsibility before the law for actual acts, not possible ones. Law must deal with actions to be just.
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:20 There are better ways of
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:58 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.
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