Have a little read of the above story.
Protesters at St Paul’s etc…
Here’s the quote that interested me :-
Lucy, one of the protesters, welcomed the speech but said they needed a promise from the church that they would not be forcibly removed.
Now, ok – I agree it aint nice using physical force in an eviction.
But, sometimes it is necessary.
If the church goes through the appropriate legal channels and gets a court order saying that the protesters have to leave and they don’t ( which I suspect they won’t ) – what happens ?
You have to remove the people – physical force is the only remaining alternative.
Now – were the protesters to agree ( indeed give, in their own words, “a promise”, or “cast iron guarantee” ) that they will leave when told to do so, I would say “yep – the church has to agree to that as well”.
But they haven’t have they ?
They want assurances from the church that physical force will not be used, but they have offered no assurances themselves that they will go peacefully if told to do so.
The door swings both ways people – too many people so often forget that.