Opinion: To understand civil disobedience, Kim Davis ought to read Thoreau

Barth Keck

Barth Keck

Barth Keck is an English teacher and assistant football coach who also teaches courses in journalism and media literacy at Haddam-Killingworth High School. Email Barth here

Civil disobedience has been making news lately, thanks to Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky recently jailed after denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Regardless of one’s personal views of Davis or same-sex marriage, there’s no denying that the clerk’s actions are a classic case of civil disobedience — to a point — as described in Henry David Thoreau’s famous essay.

Thoreau wrote his treatise, originally titled Resistance to Civil Government, in 1849 following a one-night imprisonment for refusing to pay his poll tax. It was Thoreau’s way of protesting state-sanctioned slavery and war.

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