That's bullshit. Words do nothing. And I don't care if a story sounds *plausible* to the believer, he would still be the moron to chase down.
So, it's perfectly ok for me to promise to pay money to the first person to murder your "child-raping" ass? Only the person who actually murders you should face any kind of criminal charges?
It's not the pen, it's the man's conscious that decides what happens with the sword.
I don't think anyone is saying that the person who commits the crime should be absolved of the blame because someone else told him to do it. They saying the guy who order other people murdered should not be allowed to walk free while his flunkies go to jail for the crimes he ordered. It's like you too ignorant to have ever heard of the mafia and organized crime.
You're only trying to pass blame, you are saying "the devil made me do it" is a valid excuse, and fuck that.
Actually it's opposite of that, they're saying we should lock up both the "pawn" and "the devil".