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Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:54 AM

Virginia's Attorney General Says It's Okay to Break the Law for Jesus

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/virginias-attorney-general-says-its-okay-break-law-jesus



Let's say, just hypothetically, you are the attorney general for the commonwealth of Virginia. So it's sort of your job to uphold and enforce the law, even the laws you don't like, because that's part of the job. You know what isn't part of the job? Advising people to break the law you've sworn to uphold.

While that might seem obvious, apparently it isn't so obvious to a certain attorney general and wannabe governor whose name is Ken Cuccinelli. (As is so often necessary when discussing Republicans, please note this is not from The Onion.)

Cuccinelli recounted an exchange with his own bishop in which he counseled the cleric to embrace civil disobedience: “My local bishop said, ‘Well, you know I told a group I’m ready to go to jail.’ And I said, ‘Bishop, don’t take this personally: You need to go to jail.’”

Lest you think Cuccinelli and his bishop were casually discussing breaking the law in a righteous battle for some greater good, you can stop that right now. Because the greater good for which these two fine Catholics think law-breaking is worthwhile is, of course, the fight to stop women from having access to basic health care because Abraham Lincoln had some good quotes about stuff and also religious liberty:

“You know, Abraham Lincoln has many good quotes, but one of them is ‘the best way to get rid of a bad law is to enforce it vigorously.’ And here we’re going to have an example of what tyranny means when it’s played to its logical conclusion,” Cuccinelli said. “Because forcing business owners and businesses to do this is not consistent with our history of preserving religious liberty, one of the most important protections we have in this country.”

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Reply Virginia's Attorney General Says It's Okay to Break the Law for Jesus (Original post)
xchrom Jan 2013 OP
cantbeserious Jan 2013 #1
CanonRay Jan 2013 #2
hobbit709 Jan 2013 #3
ladjf Jan 2013 #4
Demo_Chris Jan 2013 #5
hootinholler Jan 2013 #9
Recursion Jan 2013 #6
UncleYoder Jan 2013 #7
WhoIsNumberNone Jan 2013 #8

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 07:02 AM

1. Republican Law Breakers - Do We See A Pattern

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:25 AM

2. So "I did it for Jesus" is now a viable defense in Virginia?

Jefferson must have flipped over in his grave.

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Response to CanonRay (Reply #2)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 08:26 AM

3. That high pitched hum you hear is him rotating.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 10:36 AM

4. Are we teetering on the brink of theocracy? nt

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Response to ladjf (Reply #4)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:26 AM

5. We always have been.

 

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:49 AM

9. Not entirely

There were the first 40 years or so when it was pretty much in check. By 1850 it was ramped up pretty good.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:27 AM

6. So, non-violent civil disobedience is bad when the other side does it? (nt)

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:29 AM

7. But your Honor,

Jesus wanted me to have that 55" HD Television.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:29 AM

8. Cuccinelli's a slimeball

And he's running for governor next time around. You've been warned Virginia. You think McDonnell's bad? Wait 'til you get a load of this guy.

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