Bill Ayers

Protesting Utah oil and gas leases

What's a legitimate form of protest? Is it OK to throw a shoe at the president whose army invaded your country? To firebomb the house of a UCLA scientist whose work includes experimenting on animals? To create a blacklist of Proposition 8 supporters? To help plant a bomb in the Pentagon because you believe that a war is unjust?

Protest can take many forms -- violent or peaceful, legal or illegal. Sometimes it is clearly beyond the pale. (Yes, that's you, Bill Ayers.) Sometimes it's illegal but morally defensible. (No reasonable person today thinks Rosa Parks should have given up her seat on the bus to a white man.) Sometimes people just can't agree on whether it's right or...

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