An Unjust Law is No Law at All <– St. Augustine <– MLK Jr.

11 Jul

“To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law.”

One may well ask: “How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?” The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws.

One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that “an unjust law is no law at all”.

— Martin Luther King, Jr., Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963)


Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Philosophy, Politics


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6 responses to “An Unjust Law is No Law at All <– St. Augustine <– MLK Jr.

  1. Moises Garcia (@Moi2424)

    August 2, 2014 at 12:11

    damn right!

  2. ghulamnabiabbasi

    October 28, 2014 at 14:52


  3. Vivian Inabinett-Ellis

    February 16, 2015 at 06:11

    My friend and his very jealous, live in girlfriend of 5 years had an argument because he wanted to go out w/o her. Her attempts to keep him home (including fighting him and beating him over the head with wooden hangers) didn’t change his mind so she staged a scene, made a report that he raped her, had him arrested where they imposed 21 chgs on him, such as kidnapping, (they never left their home), rape, assault w/intent to commit rape of a 16 yo+, etc. This woman is 30!!!!!yol and has been living with my friend as his wife and like his wife. His chgs carry life sentences. After she cooled down, his girlfriend tried to drop chg, she told police that this didn’t happen and my friend does not deserve to be in jail. They told her it is out of her hands. She wants him out.We believe she was hassled about her green card. She flew the coop and cannot be found but the DA (Asian) insists on holding these charges on my friend to serve multiple life sentences, especially when he turned down the plea they offered him. I agree with him to not admit to something he didn’t do . After she cooled down, she tried to drop chgs but police said it was out of her hands. She stopped cooperating w/ them, (she’s German, my friend is Black ) and they live in NV. She visited him, sent him money for commisary and accepted his calls up till she went in hiding. Does this sound like a rape victim when she is tryjng to help her “attacker”? He’s been there for 9 months, has lost his job and waiting now for them to take his life. Surely , this is a case of unjust law and my friend needs help with it. I agree with MLK, Jr. and St. Augustine when they say “an unjust law is no law.” What say you?


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