What price freedom?
March 25, 2006 7:19 AM Subscribe
Thoreau did it. Martin Luther King did it. Stephen Biko did it and died. All went to prison for political actions or beliefs. NYT has a profile today of a Muslim cleric in Egypt who has been in an out of prison for his activity in the Muslim Brotherhood, spurred by his devotion to Islam. Though we may not agree with his politics, he represents a strength of devotion to his cause not seen in this country since the Civil Rights struggle of the 50's and 60's or the Vietnam war protests of the 70's. In my most paranoid and self-dramatic moments I wonder whether I might ever face a situation where the price of my beliefs would be imprisonment. The events of the last six years seem to make that prospect seem ever more likely.
This post was deleted for the following reason: save the editorializing for the inside, or someplace else entirely.
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