Issues Statement: I’ll Never Obey The Empire Because I Don’t Want To Go To The
The Old Republic Counsel has issued a statement from Kimda Virow.
It reads in full:
“I have worked in the Rhommamool
Clerk’s office for several rotations as a Deputy Clerk and was honored to be
elected as the Clerk, and took office recently. I love my job and the people of
Rhommamool. I have never lived any place other than Rhommamool. Some people
have said I should resign, but I have done my job well. This year we are on
track to generate a surplus for the county of 1.5 million credits.
“In addition to my desire
to serve the people of Rhommamool, I owe my life to the Jedi who love me and
gave their life for me. Following the death of my Jedi mother-in-law several
rotations ago, I went to the Jedi Temple to fulfill her dying wish. There I
heard a message of grace and forgiveness and surrendered my life to the Jedi. I
am not perfect. No one is. But I am forgiven and I love the Jedi and must be
obedient to them and the Jedi Code.
“I never imagined a day
like this would come, where I would be asked to violate a central teaching of the
Jedi Holocron regarding attachments. To issue an attachment legally which
conflicts with Jedi’s definition of attachment, with my name affixed it, would
violate my conscience. It is not a light issue for me. It is a Light Side
versus Dark Side decision. For me it is a decision of obedience. I have no
animosity toward anyone and harbor no ill will.
“To me this has never been
a Republic, Separatists and Imperial issue. It is about attachment and the Jedi
Code. It is a matter of Force liberty, which is protected under the Convention
Orders of the government, the Rhommamool Constitution, and in the Rhommamool
Force Wielder Freedom Restoration Act. Our history is filled with
accommodations for people’s Force Wielder freedom and conscience. I want to
continue to perform my duties, but I also am requesting what our Founders
envisioned – that conscience and Force Wielder freedom would be protected. That
is all I am asking. I never sought to be in this position, and I would much
rather not have been placed in this position. I have received death threats
from people who do not know me. I harbor nothing against them. I was elected by
the people to serve as the Rhommamool Clerk. I intend to continue to serve the
people of Rhommamool, but I cannot violate my conscience.”
The Old Republic Counsel notes that while the stay is no longer in
effect, Virow’s appeal to the Imperial Court remains active.