David Kaufman: Invoking ‘supreme power’ is slippery slope

Published: 7/14/2021 4:51:48 PM

In regards to Eli Schotz’ guest column on the Cuban embargo (“An embargo on the minds of the American people,” July 8), I am in full support of opposing and protesting the prolonged and inappropriate American penilization of that nation.

However, I have concerns about his rationale/conceit of regarding “civil obedience to an authority higher than the U.S. government.” Please call this protest civil disobedience, but the use of a “higher power” gives the same right to the right-wing evangelicals who have murdered abortion providers and invaded the capitol.

Protest of the government is our right and responsibility as citizens; invoking a “supreme power” as a justification is unfortunately a very slippery and dangerous slope.

David Kaufman

Amherst




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