Friday, November 9, 2007

Dissent: The new model

What Randy Stapilus said:

If your beliefs get in the way of doing, to societal standards, a job on which people’s lives, health and safety depends, then you’d better find another job to do.

He also brings up (this is all concerning the refusal of some pharmacists to fill prescriptions whose use offends their religious beliefs, such as Plan B contraceptives) the point that, once upon a time, people who objected to laws on moral grounds were willing to push the principle to the limit and face jail time to demonstrate the moral bankruptcy of the law.

Sadly, that's not the American way of dissent anymore. Sitting in Birmingham jail writing letters is for chumps. The new model of civil disobedience is to break the law to get what you want, and expect a commuted sentence.

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