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All Rioters Are a Threat to Democracy

All Rioters Are a Threat to Democracy
The East Front of the U.S. Capitol is seen through a shattered door leading to the center steps on Thursday morning, following the riot at the Capitol the day before. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

By Thursday, 07 January 2021 11:15 AM Current | Bio | Archive

As philosopher Sidney Hook cogently said, there can be no right to a revolution in a democracy. That is because the faith of everyone who believes in democracy rests on the assumption that "all morally legitimate demands can sooner or later be realized through democratic processes without recourse to revolutionary violence." In light of recent events, this kernel of wisdom needs to be restated.

The Catholic League condemns the violence that occurred in the U.S. Capitol yesterday. We also condemn the violence that occurred throughout 2020 in many urban areas. The two are not unrelated: When the aggrieved on one side riot with impunity, it inspires the aggrieved on the other side to act accordingly.

Just as worthy of condemnation are those who refused to denounce last year's rioters but are now exercised over this year's rioters. Selective indignation is morally offensive.

Those who riot must be stopped and prosecuted, no matter what their grievances or objectives. We will not make progress in this nation until everyone can agree on this fundamental principle. Sadly, listening to our elites over the past year, we have a long way to go.

Dr. William Donohue is the president and CEO of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. The publisher of the Catholic League journal, Catalyst, Donohue is a former Bradley Resident Scholar at the Heritage Foundation and served for two decades on the board of directors of the National Association of Scholars. He is the author of eight books, and the winner of several teaching awards and many awards from the Catholic community. Read Bill Donohue's Reports — More Here.

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