The legislators motives were clear. Flatter the king into passing a law the even the king couldn't reverse, targeting one man who they perceived as their rival in such a way as would surely seal his doom.
They had "intelligence" on Daniel's habits and knew that he would not change this one; even though this, "legal", threat was against his very life. Before the ink was dried, when Daniel heard of their conspiracy-turned-law, he did not hesitate to break that law by openly by appealing to a Higher authority; who ultimately overruled the penalty against him in a pretty "hairy" way, ...but not for those corrupt legislators.
"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime." - Daniel 6:10
Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have the exact measure of the injustice and wrong which will be imposed on them. - Frederick Douglass
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