CBear3 wrote:Come on Hammer, if it was illegal to wear black in Iceland and you decided you'd show up in a Steelers jersey you should expect to be thrown in jail. Don't cry to me when you do.
The flip side is feel free to wear that Steelers jersey everywhere else, everyday. Wear it loud and proud. Feel free to tell everybody that Iceland is backwards because they won't let you. Know that with every news story about what you do in Iceland will include the things you said about Iceland being backwards before you got there.
It's not as poetic as Jesse Owens statement, but today's media can do your work for you without risking your life.
That's completely different. Laws that have a negative effect are justifiable if they serve important interest. It's illegal to break curfew -- e.g., in Iraq or imagine in Boston during the manhunt -- because it jeopardizes safety. Laws that don't oppress anyone -- e.g., don't wear black -- are legal because the government doesn't need to justify them.
But more importantly, notice the difference in your hypothetical. What if I went to Iceland to protest the black-shirt law while wearing a white shirt, obeying their law my voicing my opinion. If I got arrested, wouldn't it then be problematic.
Imagine Oklahoma bans abortions after 20 weeks (I think they just did and the law was struck down). A doctor that goes and performs an abortion at 25 weeks will be arrested. And sure, no one will feel bad for him. But what if the doctor goes to Oklahoma to protest the law in the capital. If he's arrested then, we would have quite a problem. There's a big difference.
Russia has two bad laws: no gay rights, no political dissent. Both are bad. The former at least remains debatable---the answer has evaded philosophers, theologians, etc. for centuries. But no one defends government censorship anymore. Do they? Do you guys? It feels like you do.
If a country decides to criminalize homosexuality, they can (does Russia?). The United States certainly isn't the most liberal country on this front. I disagree with the law, but there's no "right" answer (yet).
But peaceful protesting shouldn't be illegal.