It’s the Law, You Know

Here’s what I said the other day, here:

He’s facing conviction and execution for the crime of converting to
Christianity. It’s the law, you know, and as moronic commenters to
other posts on this blog have been pointing out, to obey and enforce
the law is always of paramount concern. As an Afghan Christian, he’s

Today, via Billy Beck, I get Jay Jardine saying the same thing, only in a far more clever way.

So where on earth does this Rahman character come off thinking he’s above The Law? Look: it says right here that "Afghanistan is an Islamic Republic" and that "In Afghanistan, no law can be contrary to the beliefs and provisions of the sacred religion of Islam."

document opens with "We The People of Afghanistan" does it not? Surely
Rahman’s squiggy is on there somewhere. Forget all that mystic,
inherent rights B.S. some libertarians will try and sell you on.
Everyone knows that rights are social constructs – We As A Society sit
down at a big table and decide together what rights we are going to
have. So why should Rahman be allowed to shirk his duties as spelled
out in the Social Contract? If he doesn’t like The Law, he’s free to
lobby his elected representatives, start his own political party or
write lots of letters to the editor to try and change people’s
opinions. Otherwise, he should stop his selfish whining and move
somewhere that this kind of behaviour is tolerated (after following the
proper legal procedures to do so, of course).


Can anyone tell me why Rahman is so special that he deserves to continue the lifestyle that goes against the Common Good?

Well, can anyone? As Beck points out, "Now, from the people he is baiting in that, there are no answers." And, "Mostly, understanding gets trampled under some sort of ‘It Can’t Happen Here’ dreamsterism…" Indeed again. Which is why when most people utter thought-stopping assertions such as "it’s the law," what they really mean is that the behavior in question is not something they personally have any interest in–none they’re willing to admit, anyway ("It’s the law" is also a fine refuge for hypocrites, politicians being chief among them.). Yea, well it is happening here. By the letter of the law, every adult in the United States is oftentimes committing some infraction, misdemeanor, or felony of their local, county, state, or federal government without necessarily even being aware of it or wanting or intending to actually do harm to anyone. If you own and operate a business, raise that to the power of a cube.

I recently spoke to this, here. So, you’ve got what you want: Law Enforcement. You’ve got it in spades. Just swing by Radley’s place every day. Want just a few day’s worth? See here. And here. Right here. Now here.

Some days, I don’t know why I bother. You aren’t worth it anymore, you know.

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