posted on Dec, 11 2012 @ 09:22 AM
Originally posted by stereologist
For those suggesting that the doomsayers should not be responsible let me ask you what you would think if these people told you to invest money with
them and that you would earn a fortune and be set for life. So you sent them most of your money and now you find yourself destitute. Do you think that
person should be punished when it was found out that they did not invest your money, but spent it on themselves?
Two different kettles of fish. A scammer specifically tells people to send him/her their money and promises some kind of reward. A doomsayer doesn't
specifically tell people to commit suicide. I've read these people's websites and books out of curiosity. Not once have I ever seen or heard one say
"When the end nears it will be horrific and traumatic, so you best put that .357 in your mouth and feed yourself a round to avoid the suffering."
When people commit suicide it's their own choice, plain and simple. And even if they were
telling people to kill themselves, they still
shouldn't be held responsible. The individual made the decision to go through with it. Nobody else made that decision for them.
Holding other people responsible for your conscious decisions doesn't hold up in the court of law, and it shouldn't here either.
"Mr. Jenkins, the convenience store security camera clearly shows that you were the one who robbed the owner at gunpoint last Thursday. How do you
"But, but, your honor... my friend is the one who told me to do it. He should be punished instead! I wasn't originally going to do it, but he talked
me into it. I was pressured into doing it!"