The right to infuriate – legal but morally questionable

An action can be legal but morally questionable. “Whether it was legal or illegal doesn’t change the question of its morality. Among others throughout history, Nazi Germany, with its Final Solution, and South Africa with its apartheid, would have deemed their actions legal. This didn’t make them moral; morality will always transcend the fickle laws of states,” said Anthony Ross in a letter to Wellington’s DomPost.

Ross defends the flag burner’s right  express moral indignation at the foreign policy of the United States and others. ” But I would like her to know that a country’s morality is born from the collective morality of individual citizens. The mirror she refers to should first see her image and only then will she have the moral integrity, and credibility, to publicly pass judgment on others.

Steven Price reflects on these issues. “Of course, that doesn’t mean that every protester has magic access to the truth. Some are crackpots. The point is that it is vital for society to be constantly challenged by people who strongly believe that things should be done differently,”  he says.
Read his piece in Media Law Journal


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