You can tell a lot about a person or group by how they respond to wrongdoing. At the center of the spectrum of options is the golden mean: the proportionate and discriminate rectification of injustice through the recovery of what has been wrongly taken, the rescue or protection of the innocent, the appropriate punishment of the wrongdoer, and the pursuit of a sustainable peace. Not everyone responds to wrongdoing so maturely.

At one extreme are those who, believing themselves without any real power to respond or overwhelmed by not knowing how to do so, retreat into passivity, often building a pacifist ideology to justify their inaction. Others, like the campus protestors who are the subject of this post, respond at the opposite extreme.

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Marc LiVecche is the managing editor of Providence and Scholar of Christian Ethics, War, & Peace at the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

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