Law? Law is for them. Not us.
It is easy to run across this kind of thinking. Just hang around some religions. Or some uber-trendy colleges and universities.
Clergy in some older religions have been above certain laws. To some extent. Laws that restrict and punish you and me. This comes from ancient times when religions ruled. They dictated the law of the land.
In recent years we know many Roman Catholic priests molested boys. Their superiors and colleagues did not call the police. They instead re-assigned them. They often gave the predators jobs away from kids. They abetted their crimes. They protected them in various ways from prosecution.
Try this outside the church and you will or may be arrested. If you know your neighbor molested a little girl you are expected to tell the police. If you protect him you are complicit in the crime.
The same if you are a school principal. One who protects the teacher who you know has sex with a 14-year-old.
But often if you are a monsignor you get treated differently. As does the predator priest.
We see similar treatment of Muslims who practice the worst of Sharia Law. If you mutilate the genitalia of a girl you can be charged with a crime. If you claim you are protected by Sharia Law you may get away with it. Some police are afraid to do anything to you. Some prosecutors and judges too.
We have reports of such from big Muslim communities in Michigan. In one UK town, over 15 years, British-Pakistani men abused 1400 children. They kidnapped, raped, tortured and sold them for sex.
Police and other officials did nothing. They felt it was politically incorrect to interfere with customs of Muslim communities. To them, the law of the realm stopped where Sharia's realm begins. As it so often has stopped where Roman Catholic domain begins.
Step onto some campuses and you enter similar realms. Where various rights and laws don't seem to apply.
Some schools issue speech guides. They order you to not voice or tweet or write your opinion on certain subjects.
If you violate the code, students can bring charges and put you on trial. In some cases you cannot bring witnesses or lawyers. You cannot cross-examine accusers. In other words you lose rights you are guaranteed outside the campus.
Ah well, it's just a student court. Tell that to students whose permanent records are blackened. For HR people to see at companies where they apply for jobs. Tell that to students expelled after campus courts find them guilty.
One such student was punished at Purdue. The Affirmation Action Office found him guilty. Of reading a history book on campus. It had a photo of a KKK rally on the cover. That was deemed so offensive he had to be found guilty.
The question is this: Why do we allow such sanctuaries? If you insult a woman in a bar you are protected from prosecution. If you do so in a campus coffee bar here come the Gestapo.
Call me old-fashioned. Or insensitive. Or know nothing. But I figure crimes are crimes wherever they occur. And rights are rights. They are portable.
Sanctuary cities. Sanctuary campuses. Sanctuary religious domains. I don't buy them.
From Tom...as in Morgan.