Friday, May 15, 2009

Safety first

I just finished reading about how girls in Afghanistan are being poisoned for going to school. Immediately I thought of the recent Swine Flu scare here in the States. We were shutting down schools for safety concerns, and everyone said it was because we need to be concerned about safety first.

This is the same reason the last Presidential administration (and now the current one) gave for expanding the Executive privilege beyond Constitutional allowances. We have to keep everyone safe.

So what do we tell these families in Afghanistan? Should we tell them they should take their girls out of school for their own safety?

This has another corollary in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. It wasn't safe for some blacks to go to school. Should they have stayed home for their own safety?

Or what about the women of the Suffrage Movement? Maybe they should have stayed home for their safety?

Sometimes doing the right thing isn't safe. And this is why it's so wrong for our government to neglect human dignity to "keep us safe." To give up our rights to privacy; the writ of habeas corpus, etc.

We need to do the right thing, regardless of safety.

All of this is just the socio-political aspect of this concept. This also applies to the Church.

We need to do what is right, and not give in to keep ourselves safe. We shouldn't repay evil for evil, we shouldn't kill or lie to preserve our safety. Even if it means danger, we should always seek to live like Christ, who left for us an example, "that you should follow in his steps. 'He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.' When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly." (1 Peter 2:21, 22)

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