Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
Even if the king commanded, it was not right to do anything wrong, wicked, or dishonest. Certainly William had vowed to serve as a faithful prince, but not with blind obedience. If a man ill-treated a little boy and set his dog upon him, the dog would attack, senselessly tearing at the boy’s throat. This was blind obedience. People are not allowed to do this. They have to think, to use their minds. People are to have consideration for those who are weak and innocent. They have to question whether the orders given by their masters are in accordance with God’s will. Should William be obedient to his masters in everything? No, he did not think so. He was not allowed to.
W.G. Van de Hulst
William of Orange: The Silent Prince