At 05:26 PM 10/5/2002, you wrote:
>The church's stance is quite clear: that local laws are to be obeyed, period.

I generally agree. However, there may be occasions, perhaps exceedingly 
rare, where to obey the law of the land would put one in conflict with a 
major, and higher, law of God. One is not obligated to obey the command of 
a superior officer to slaughter innocent civilians, for example.

What about China's "One Child" policy? When a couple already has a child 
(or several) and the wife gets pregnant she is required to submit to having 
an abortion. Would you sanction Civil Disobedience (perhaps sanction is too 
strong a word, maybe the term, "looking the other way" is better?) If the 
couple keeps the pregnancy secret, goes to full term and eventually bears 
the child?



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