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  •  They're on the wrong side (20+ / 0-)

    Even if "they" were 99% of all 299,999,999 and I was the last DAMN PERSON in the US, I would scream from the fucking mountains that it is WRONG.

    Right and wrong are not up for vote, neither are torture, war crimes and murder. Every person in this country can vote to torture Osama bin Laden himself as punishment for 9/11. It would still be a violation of the 8th amendment and I would fight it.

    •  asdf (4+ / 0-)
      History teems with instances of truth put down by persecution. If not suppressed forever, it may be thrown back for centuries. [...] Persecution has always succeeded, save where the heretics were too strong a party to be effectually persecuted. [...] The real advantage which truth has, consists in this, that when an opinion is true, it may be extinguished once, twice, or many times, but in the course of ages there will generally be found persons to rediscover it, until some one of its reappearances falls on a time when from favourable circumstances it escapes persecution until it has made such head as to withstand all subsequent attempts to suppress it.

      - John Stuart Mill, On Liberty

      Government and laws are the agreement we all make to secure everyone's freedom.

      by Simplify on Thu Feb 07, 2013 at 11:30:01 PM PST

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    •  I think back almost two millenia ago (2+ / 0-)
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      ItsSimpleSimon, shypuffadder

      when the Arian controversy was raging in the early Church and often the voice of Athanasius, who advocated for the position that Christ was fully man as well as fully God was not only in the minority but opposed by imperial force.  He was driven into exile more than once.  Yet eventually, for better or worse, his position prevailed.  The phrase used was Athanasius contra mundum -  Athanasius against the world.  

      If we believe the position is wrong, are not we obligated to oppose it?

      "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

      by teacherken on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 03:21:13 AM PST

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