Mon Jan 14, 2013, 06:54 AM
xchrom (108,903 posts)
Virginia's Attorney General Says It's Okay to Break the Law for 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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Virginia's Attorney General Says It's Okay to Break the Law for Jesus (Original post)
Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #5)
Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:49 AM
hootinholler (26,052 posts)
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.
Response to xchrom (Original post)
Mon Jan 14, 2013, 11:29 AM
WhoIsNumberNone (7,191 posts)
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.