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Respect Conscientious Objectors


By Daniel J. Lehman

SO WHEN did The Crimson begin condemning people for acts of conscience?

Just because the decisions of two Kinko's employees became ad hoc company policy does not make their action worthy of public censure. That the poster was anti-abortion and not anti-gay is irrelevant. One would be hard pressed to convince someone who is Black to print an anti-Catholic poster at the Ku Klux Klan's behest.

Kinko's Copies has officially stated that it will print without regard to content and that the employee issue will be dealt with internally. The Crimson should be satisfied by this course of action.

The members of AALARM obviously are not satisfied. And, as the staff editorial points out, listening to AALARM spout lunch-counter rhetoric is "the epitome of hypocrisy."

Though Defeat Homophobia's counterprotest was an AALARM-esque exercise in self-promotion, they did cut to the quick of the conflict: the decision was not institutionalized censorship but the choice of two individuals.

The staff position should have shown more respect for that choice.

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