3. Vocabulary. Use the words to fill in the gaps

3. Use the words below to fill in the gaps:

 

mitigating    punished    offenders    compassion    

inexplicable    secular    abduction    mental    commit

 

Whatever your views on God, the distinction is appealing. In our ________________________ world,

 

where crimes are ___________________________, we need to believe that someone who commits an

 

______________________act of violence or physical cruelty, such as torture, child

 

_______________________________or murder, has freely chosen to do so. We accept that there may

 

be ___________________________________circumstances, including diminished responsibility or

 

_______________________________illness. What we find most chilling are crimes that are planned,

 

where _________________________________have a goal in mind and demonstrate control. Like Uma

 

Thurman’s character in Quentin Tarantino’s film Kill Bill, people who ________________________such

 

crimes are seen as unambiguously morally evil. “It’s mercy, _________________________and

 

forgiveness I lack,” she says, “not rationality.”