Is torture sometimes justified?
Some of your messages:
Anton Lang: The short answer is, of course, no! But I ask your esteemed guests if it is justified for Muslim fanatics to hold public executions (torture to the direct victim and the extended victims being their family) through mass media of illegally captured innocents? We seem to be examining the moral shortcomings of the protectorate (worldwide legitimate governments) and not levying the case against torture for everyone.
Vicky Slater: If we have so called "truth drugs" that make people speak the truth, why should we even consider torture which dehumanises both torturer and the person being tortured.
Mick Sutcliffe, Norwich: Torture has to be used in exceptional circumstances, the torture we use is very low level compared to these so called freedom fighters and how they treat our captured soldiers.
James Carey, Paris, France: Torture is NEVER right. It is ALWAYS wrong.
You can always choose to do it, of course, but you will be WRONG. How can you even ask the question?
David, Scotland: Nobody ever told their torturer anything except what they thought he wanted to hear. If you still think it's a good idea, you may as well stop pretending and get a swastika tattoo. (PS: I'm white, British and non-Muslim.)
Ken Miller: The UK has laws based on the 10 commandments and there is no therefore justification for torture - the restriction of liberty and control of the movement regarding suspects found guilty of terrorism has to suffice but physical brutality is a form of terrorism and puts on the same level as those we wish to stop.
Shoud we be banned from having more than one child?
Paul, Birmingham: I agree it is a major problem, but the birth rate in UK is only 1.94. Therefore less than 2 so it is shrinking. Growth in UK is rising due to immigration.
Davrille, Devon: Population should be at the top of the political agenda, no longer glossed over. We must stop rewarding people for having children. What if you were given, say, 100 pounds a week for the first child (even if you are 13) and then nothing for any other children?
Hannah S. Chacko: The issue with having only one child is that that child will often end up spoilt. We need siblings. I believe two children is a good level, as having two will balance out for the two parents. Taking other deaths into consideration, three children may be sufficient to allow the population to level out.
Venetia: This is not a European scale problem, but a global one. People need to be encouraged all over the world - and enabled where necessary (certainly not not forced) - to have only one child.
Is halal and kosher slaughter cruel?
Averil Howitt: What sort of country have we become when a school wants to have all their meat produce slaughtered by having the animals throat cut. If a child of mine was attending such a school I would want him/her removed.
Carol: I have seen what I can only describe as a harmonious halal slaughter in Turkey. One large brown animal was kept in the back yard quietly grazing for a couple of weeks on grass and free from harm. It was bought in for fattening for a religious festival. The whole family took part, including children. I was watching from a window very close. Mum and dad quietly cut the sheep's throat with a special knife. There was a lot of blood and little struggling. I felt comfortable with the procedure which was carried out with respect for the animal and an air of celebration.
Susan Turner: What is next on the agenda? Public flogging and stoning? It is so unjust that human beings can do what they want to animals who have feelings but no choice.
Sue Andrews: I see NO reason for Kosher or Halal killing without stunning. We are farmers and all our meat lambs go to an abbatoir 7 miles away to be stunned before killing for British consumption but others are not so fortunate. Our old ewes often end up as Halal food but we endeavour to ensure they are stunned first.
Does nobody these days remember the saying “When in Rome do as the Romans do” ?
- Susanna Reid
- Executive Producer
- Richard Pattinson