But at the same time, they're not going to kowtow to the defense either.
While persuading believers to put less emphasis on ritual, he must also set up a real deterrent - courts with real teeth that do not kowtow to rich thieves.
Some people blame it on the fact that he isn't going to kowtow to anyone.
The poor athletes have to cringe and crawl and kowtow to the mighty officials and association members in order to get a place in the Olympic contingent.
Those judging come September time should not kowtow to the idea that we need to regurgitate past glories in order for the results to be recognisable to an international audience.
Must we forever kowtow to US imperialism and be treated like the illegitimate children of the global economy?
Their first major film was Pastor Hall, the moving account of a German preacher who refuses to kowtow to the Nazis.
They said his actions were more wicked and despicable than earlier claims of a foreign hostess forcing Chinese female workers to kowtow and a security guard frisking female workers.
Once a relative even asked the representative of the receiver to kowtow to the dead at the farewell ceremony.
And yet, the developed world often behaves as if those on the rest of the globe must gratefully kowtow to it.