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What if OWS were a pro-life protest?

As you’ve no doubt heard, New York City police have moved in and cleared out Zuccotti Park, though late word is that a liberal judge has given protesters permission to re-occupy the place. I suspect the way you react to this news depends largely on whether or not you agree with the OWS protesters. My view is that I agree with their concerns, but I think their execution has been badly flawed, and at this juncture is pointless.

Let me ask you to do a thought experiment: What if the OWS protest were a pro-life demonstration? Would that change the way you viewed the police action?

Me, no. I’m a pro-lifer, but if a pro-life encampment had occupied a privately owned public space for months, and their actions had led to serious disruption in the personal and economic life of the neighborhood, and the camp had become a place where disease was being passed around, and — crucially — there was no chance that any of their demands would be met, either because they were practically impossible (e.g., the immediate overturn of Roe v. Wade) or so ill-defined as to be unachievable … then yes, I would support the police clearing the space.

What about you?

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Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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