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    Thank you so much for that. Quite enlightening. And, yet, such revelations seem to disappear into the dust, so that history needs to re-write itself *yet* again, challenging the same notions it did half a century ago - just with different opressed groups.

    E.g., the Don't Ask, Don't Tell thread and people not understanding the magnitude of simple statements like, 'well, what other benefits than to make the gays happy?'

    I wonder what keeps us from understanding the depth of such a question, such a question of basic human rights.

    To be legal, but unethical. To be ethical, but illegal. What *is* justice? Legal AND ethical? Is ethics relative?

    "The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.


    Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority." - MLK, Jr.

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