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Acts of Civil Disobedience

By City Weekly Staff
Posted // June 9,2010 -

Have you ever practiced your own form of civil disobedience?

Scott Renshaw: If I could, I’d get gay-married. Damn that heterosexuality that was instilled in me by my parents and their “straight agenda”!

Jesse Fruhwirth: Sodomy was always my favorite way to disobey, but as the New Pornographers say, “It was crime at the time, but the laws have changed, yeah.”

Paula Saltas: Which law do you have to break to get the good-lookin’ cop to come to the office with a boombox, dance and take off his uniform? That’s the one for me.

Nick Clark: I can neither confirm nor deny that I have on multiple occasions expressed through disobedience the idiocy of our archaic liquor laws.

Julie Erickson: Yes, at this very moment. I respectfully ignore requests to pay $400 for each of my 23 parking tickets. I will compassionately disagree that parking three feet in front of a driveway was civil disobedience in the first place.

Jesse James Burnitt: I strongly assert my right to drink beer (or wine) in a public park, whilst walking down a sidewalk, or at a movie theater.

Rachel Hanson: Whatever law that says I need a marriage license. It’s just one more stupid hoop I have to jump through when I could be deciding other exciting things, like the color of the ribbon on our favor boxes.

Jerre Wroble: Alt-journalism can be its own brand of civil disobedience. Some of us may be law-abiding journalists who buckle up in the car and smoke 25 feet from any door, but we’re at our best when we’re questioning authority.

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Posted // June 11,2010 at 10:16

So, Renshaw and Fruhwirth immediately go with gay sex? Hmmm.

Jerre's got it right. Jerre, take them all to lunch and explain the concept of the 5th Estate. In fact, that could be an interview question for new writers."Explain the 5th Estate as a journalistic intiative." Then, make them read at least 2 full-length works from Hunter Thompson and their first assigment would be to mimic his style.


Posted // June 11,2010 at 12:00 - AND, if any prosecutor wants to ignore Lawrence v. Texas and file charges under Utah's persisting anti-sodomy laws, they could do so against any non-married individuals--not just homosexuals.


Posted // June 11,2010 at 11:47 - We'll agree to disagree, but I don't think of skepticism and hard-edged journalism as "disobedient." For crying out loud, it's protected by the 1st Amendment, it can sometimes be profitable and is socially rewarded in most cases--not exactly disobedient.