Recently a serial rapist was released from prison having served his time and given a series of requirements to live by that hopefully will prevent him from reoffending. He has chosen a community in BC in which to reside and the residents have complained that they do not want him in thier community.
The first Paradigm
Bleeding hearts more concerned with prisoner and convict rights have helped produce a system which fails to keep violent crimials behind bars or terminate thier nasty existance. This system has released a violent offender and allowed him to live with civilized humans, endangering the community and especially the women of the community.
The second paradigm
Vengeful rednecks have rejected the rights of a prisoner who has served his sentence and is required to live under a strict regime to prevent reoffending. He is not being allowed to live out the rest of his life with out harrasement. The community in which he has chosen to live, has rejected the courts ruling that he is no longer a threat, and has does not trust that penal and police enforcement can monitor his activities and prevent him from reoffending.
Fear is acceptable this man has commited heinous acts. Distrust is also acceptable, as many sex offenders are repeat offenders. However, trust in the rule of law is the basis of society. If the legal system has approved this man’s release, then he is a free man, except for any restrictions the courts may apply to him. If the system has ceased to protect the public, given that the system is democratically elected, who do we blame but ourselves.
We place our trust in the decisions of the majority when we accept democracy. This includes the edicts of the legal system that democracy has created. Democracy fails when we allow the minority to change the rules.
Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) is not democratic