Saturday, December 02, 2006
Peaceful protests do not constitute civil disobedience. The US Constitution guarantees the people the right to peaceably assemble. A peaceful protest that doesn't block anybodies legal movements or deny others the legal right also to be heard is constitutionally guaranteed. It is never illegal. It is never civilly disobedient. It can never be denied rightfully (mundanely so) without an overriding emergency reason, not just some pretext.
Requiring permits to peaceably assemble is unconstitutional. Restricting the number of people who may gather is unconstitutional. Telling people where they may gather on public property is unconstitutional. The so-called "Free Speech Zones" are unconstitutional.
The government doesn't have the constitutional right or authority to wall or fence off protestors on public property under the guise of protecting the president from potential physical violence.
The authorities must treat everyone in public equally—those in favor of the president's policies and those against. That's equal protection under the mundane law.
Targeting the people or their papers or effects based solely upon their having peaceably assembled to call for the redress of grievances is unconstitutional.
In these matters, the US Constitution and the will of God correspond. God wants governments that fairly redress grievances, that listen to the people, that allow the people freely to gather for such purposes. It is merciful. God wants mercy.
Now, to be clear, let us categorically state that our allegiance must be to God first, last, and only. Wherever the United States of America is in allegiance to the God of mercy of Jesus Christ, we are in sync with the United States of America. Wherever the United States of America is not in allegiance to that one and only God, we are not in sync with the United States of America.