A Coming Era of Civil Disobedience?

By Pat Buchanan

Militia Members at Bundy Ranch stop for Prayer
Militia Members at Bundy Ranch stop for Prayer
Pat Buchanan
Pat Buchanan

USA -(Ammoland.com)- The Oklahoma Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, has ordered a monument of the Ten Commandments removed from the Capitol.

Calling the Commandments “religious in nature and an integral part of the Jewish and Christian faiths,” the court said the monument must go.

Gov. Mary Fallin has refused. And Oklahoma lawmakers instead have filed legislation to let voters cut out of their constitution the specific article the justices invoked. Some legislators want the justices impeached.

Fallin's action seems a harbinger of what is to come in America — an era of civil disobedience like the 1960s, where court orders are defied and laws ignored in the name of conscience and a higher law.

Only this time, the rebellion is likely to arise from the right.

Certainly, Americans are no strangers to lawbreaking. What else was our revolution but a rebellion to overthrow the centuries-old rule and law of king and Parliament, and establish our own?

U.S. Supreme Court decisions have been defied, and those who defied them lionized by modernity. Thomas Jefferson freed all imprisoned under the sedition act, including those convicted in court trials presided over by Supreme Court justices. Jefferson then declared the law dead.

Some Americans want to replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, who, defying the Dred Scott decision and fugitive slave acts, led slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad.

New England abolitionists backed the anti-slavery fanatic John Brown, who conducted the raid on Harpers Ferry that got him hanged but helped to precipitate a Civil War. That war was fought over whether 11 Southern states had the same right to break free of Mr. Lincoln's Union as the 13 colonies did to break free of George III's England.

Millions of Americans, with untroubled consciences, defied the Volstead Act, imbibed alcohol and brought an end to Prohibition.

In the civil rights era, defying laws mandating segregation and ignoring court orders banning demonstrations became badges of honor.

Rosa Parks is a heroine because she refused to give up her seat on a Birmingham bus, despite the laws segregating public transit that relegated blacks to the “back of the bus.”

In “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King, defending civil disobedience, cited Augustine — “an unjust law is no law at all” — and Aquinas who defined an unjust law as “a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

Said King, “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

But who decides what is an “unjust law”?

Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks

If, for example, one believes that abortion is the killing of an unborn child and same-sex marriage is an abomination that violates “eternal law and natural law,” do those who believe this not have a moral right if not a “moral responsibility to disobey such laws”?

Rosa Parks is celebrated.

But the pizza lady who said her Christian beliefs would not permit her to cater a same-sex wedding was declared a bigot. And the LGBT crowd, crowing over its Supreme Court triumph, is writing legislation to make it a violation of federal civil rights law for that lady to refuse to cater that wedding.

But are people who celebrate the Stonewall riots in Greenwich Village as the Mount Sinai moment of their movement really standing on solid ground to demand that we all respect the Obergefell decision as holy writ?

And if cities, states or Congress enact laws that make it a crime not to rent to homosexuals, or to refuse services at celebrations of their unions, would not dissenting Christians stand on the same moral ground as Dr. King if they disobeyed those laws?

Stonewall Riots
Violent demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBT) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969.

Already, some businesses have refused to comply with the Obamacare mandate to provide contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs to their employees. Priests and pastors are going to refuse to perform same-sex marriages. Churches and chapels will refuse to host them. Christian colleges and universities will deny married-couple facilities to homosexuals.

Laws will be passed to outlaw such practices as discrimination, and those laws, which the Christians believe violate eternal law and natural law, will, as Dr. King instructed, be disobeyed.

And the removal of tax exemptions will then be on the table.

If a family disagreed as broadly as we Americans do on issues so fundamental as right and wrong, good and evil, the family would fall apart, the couple would divorce, and the children would go their separate ways.

Armed Militias Rally
A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place.

Something like that is happening in the country.

A secession of the heart has already taken place in America, and a secession, not of states, but of people from one another, caused by divisions on social, moral, cultural, and political views and values, is taking place.

America is disuniting, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. wrote 25 years ago.

And for those who, when young, rejected the views, values and laws of Eisenhower's America, what makes them think that dissenting Americans in this post-Christian and anti-Christian era will accept their laws, beliefs, values?

Why should they?

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “The Greatest Comeback: How Richard Nixon Rose From Defeat to Create the New Majority.

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    There is zero RIGHT to be married. The government has ALREADY restricted Christian beliefs by fining those who refuse to PARTICIPATE in homosexual ‘marriages’ by baking a cake or making floral arrangements. Also, should shoplifting be legalized? After all, ‘it is my body’ doing the stealing so ‘keep your laws off my body’. So ripping off a candy bar is not OK but aborting a child is fine?

    Eric
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    Eric

    And money says “In God We Trust” ? I’ll take all them bills that offend them for free.

    diamondearthday57
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    diamondearthday57

    Oh JC there is dialogue, as long as you sit down and shut up. Do as you are told by the left.
    Everything is fine
    I know what I just wrote is true and I am starting to believe that Paranoia is visionary. I also think you should direct
    your comments, about being simple towards George

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Paranoia and insecurity seems to be common here on this site. The media is not setting us up for anarchy or martial law. CNN CBS Fox and others are simply entertaining and dramatizing selected events to obtain a greater audience, ie: make more money.

    Janek
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    Janek

    This site must be a microcosm of the country because “paranoia and insecurity” are running rampant all across America and the media feeds into it.

    Janek
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    Janek

    Eventually ‘civil disobedience’ will increase and lead to ‘anarchy’. Apparently this is what that ‘mob’ in D.C. want. That gives them an excuse to declare ‘martial law’ and suspend all your rights. Why do you think the ‘media’ focuses on all the ‘hot button issues’ that divide Americans along racial lines, religious lines, and other social issues?

    MontieR
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    MontieR

    No law, edict, regulation or ordinance is legal if it is contrary to the constitution or the bill of rights. The first amendment CLEARLY states we have the RIGHT to practice our religion WITHOUT government intrusion. It guarantees freedom OF religion NOT from religion. The “congress” is barred from establishing a state religion. making the issue of having religious monuments a STATE issue. There is NO federal authority over ANY religious argument.

    Gryyphyn
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    Gryyphyn

    Ah but MontieR, the SC didn’t interfere with the practice of religious beliefs. They upheld the right to practice religion. The primarily Christian based faiths are the ones that have a problem with same-sex marriage. Homosexual couples have every religious right to have a wedding and be recognized under the law as a contractual couple with all the benefits and demerits therein. It should also be noted that the minister for any church may marry two people while following any state laws that govern the right to join two people under the contract of marriage. Ministers aren’t just Christian in… Read more »

    Ron
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    Ron

    If you don’t like a federal law, declare your state a sanctuary and the feds will simply look the other way!

    George
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    George

    Hey Pat, how do you explain that homosexuality occurs naturally in other mammal species? It’s none of my business if two people want to get married, regardless of their respective sex. Just like it is none of my business if a woman wants to get an abortion, as it is her body to do with as she may. The only instance where I would have a say would be if she were my slave, then I’d be responsible for her. Last time I checked, we abolished slavery. There is a revolution coming though, and it will be more akin to… Read more »

    Artisbey
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    Artisbey

    If I’m not mistaken, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a “Montgomery, ” Alabama bus, not Birmingham..

    But, a willing suspension of belief is necessary to enjoy fiction…

    TSGt B
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    TSGt B

    Either way, Rosa was RIGHT.

    Fiction, you say? All of that rhetoric will dissolve after the first bullets start to fly.

    zeprin
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    zeprin

    Tain’t gonna be nuthin’ CIVIL ’bout it when it comes.

    bobeaux
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    bobeaux

    AMEN! Start at the top and Clean house.Dispose of their leader and the rats will flee.

    steve
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    steve

    If the decease we have in the white house was eradicated most all other ails would leave on there own.

    JohnC
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    JohnC

    Steve the hatred in your life must be great. If things were as simple as you are, we would have no dialog.

    JeffH
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    JeffH

    Steve, you have to look beyond the tip of your nose. The problems in America started 100+ years before O’Community Organizer arrived on the scene! Politics and the 2 party sham, with their elaborate propaganda network, are the issue “We the people” need most address. Totalitarianism is what our political system strives for…D’s and R’s have their not so subtle differences but their ultimate goal is a totalitarian. As long as the people believe our only choice is to vote for the lesser of two evils, a candidate from their “party” vs voting for the candidate that best represents the… Read more »

    Anonymous Patriot
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    Anonymous Patriot

    Exactly. Many of the abuses Obama is working on are not his alone but built on abuses previous generations allowed to come to pass. Same as future generations will blame us for rolling over and allowing the abuses of this century. Bush signed the Patriot Act, Clinton signed EOs allowing confiscation of private property in a “crisis”, there is no end to the freedoms we the people have allowed to be taken without a fight. Not to mention the Central Banking scheme and removing gold and silver from baking our money. The time is LONG past for civil disobedience, we… Read more »