Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.
Australian death-row prisoners Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran. Firdia Lisnawati, File

SOAPBOX: Why glorify drug smugglers at university?

SO I'VE read a certain Australian university is set to create scholarships in honour of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

If you're coughing up your Vegemite muffins right now, don't worry, I did too, unless you're legitimately choking, then you should worry.

I've never proclaimed to be the most sensitive person in the world, nor do I condone the death penalty.

But seriously, you've got to be having a laugh, to think that creating scholarships in their names is the way to move forward.

Scott Sawyer.
Scott Sawyer.

I'm baffled by religion.

The Catholic Church has a horrid track record when it comes to the systematic, sexual abuse of children, yet now one of their learning institutions decides to take action for a pair of convicted, reportedly rehabilitated, heroin traffickers?

Don't get me wrong: I don't condone the executions of Sukumaran and Chan, but I sure as hell oppose the glorification of them.

These guys were trafficking a destructive drug.

They weren't innocent, unassuming Salvation Army members wrongly imprisoned.

These guys were part of a criminal network, they knew the risks they were running in a foreign country with a brutal system of justice, yet still ran the gauntlet, with devastatingly harsh consequences.

But are we that desperate to be considered progressive, or empathetic, or forgiving, that we're now going to honour drug smugglers?

Something's gone awry with our social compass I fear, but for those that don't agree with me, please forgive me, I'm just a battling journo.

 

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