Monday, October 02, 2006

Do not pretend to be shocked

Molly Ivins

Yesterday I sat in church with a feeling of unreality. Our vicar preached on St. Francis (whose feast day falls on Wednesday) because we had the blessing of the animals in the afternoon. Everyone seemed happy and normal. And I sat there at the piano looking out over the congregation and thought, "How is this happening? How are we treating this as a normal, ordinary Sunday? On Thursday Congress voted to legalize torture and to eliminate habeas corpus. And you're all acting as if nothing happened. You people are no longer free and you don't even know it."

Molly Ivins sums it up for me in the last paragraph of an article entitled "Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 - 2006)".

I’d like those supporting this evil bill to spare me one affliction: Do not, please, pretend to be shocked by the consequences of this legislation. And do not pretend to be shocked when the world begins comparing us to the Nazis.

The world has already begun the comparison, Molly. The world has already begun.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous8:57 PM

    For some people what Congress did was of no consequence because in their minds it applies only to "other" people. They truly do not understand that this applies to them also. There are those who do understand the ramifications of this bill, but have no idea what they can do about it(the category under which I fall). Unfortunately, there are also those who believe this is a good bill--not an evil one. When you look at it from the perspective of these three options, what else could one expect other than for people to continue their lives as usual.
    However, this is exactly why we will and by all rights should be compared to the people of Nazi Germany. They also refused to recognize the insidiousness of the evil which was leading them and therefore chose to do nothing about it.
    Carolyn L.


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