Civil disobedience, is the non compliance with unjust laws or rules of government or occupying force. Sometimes called non-violent resistance.
Martin Luther King: “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”
When it comes to the fight for animal rights, it is something that I believe is important, because too often, those who defend animals, even in non-violent ways are classified as terrorists. When a government criminalises compassion, you know that animal liberation has governments running scared. And those who would fight, are frightened into submission.
Martin Luther King was a Reverend, therefore, when he talks about breaking unjust laws, he could be seen as preaching.
Christianity, however, for those who believe in the infallibility of the christian bible, it can provide inspiration, a role model of actions that can be used to fight unjust laws.
And for those who don’t believe, enjoy turning the bible back on those who preach Christianity, but sometimes forget its teachings (eg: Thou shalt not Kill).
Image via Wikipedia: Four Horsemen of the Apocalyse
God-approved honeytrap and murder
Judges 4:17-24, the story of Jael, who lured the commander of the enemy army into her tent and then “Jael wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, until it went down into the ground he was lying fast asleep from weariness and he died.” although that would probably be illegal, and most definitely not non-violent
The “law of retaliation” deals with vengeance “You are to take life for life, eye for eye.” (Exodus 21:23-25)
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil… If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone… Do not take revenge….” (Romans 12:17-19) If it is possible, doesn’t mean always.
Revenge, try and try again
The book of Revelations, offering a full menu of diabolical fare – apocalypse, confrontation between good and evil, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, riding white, red, black, and pale-green horses representing conquest (or pestilence), war, famine, and death, cries for vengeance, hail and fire destroy a third of the trees and grass, a third of the oceans are destroyed, a third of the rivers and springs are poisoned, a third of the sky is darkened, a plague of “locusts” terrorise the Earth, an army of 200 million kills a third of Earth’s population, and the sun scorches the Earth with intense heat.
Jesus, the Warrior
Jesus “a nomadic troublemaker, a Che Guevara of the Sinai Peninsular” (Bitch: In Praise of Difficult Women, Wurtzel, 1998) whether man or the myth, had a religion created in his name, overthrew the Roman empire in the Middle East, has over a billion followers and had some of the bloodiest wars started by his followers
Jesus is supposed to have said “Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.” (Matthew 10:34 )
and “If you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one.” (Luke 22:36-38)
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed” (Luke 4:18)
Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter. Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know”. (Proverbs 24:11-12)
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
… Does that describe humans or animals?