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

“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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Inalienable Rights

Williamsburg Declaration of RightsA right is not what someone gives you;

it’s what no one can take from you.

Ramsey Clark, U. S. Attorney General, New York Times, 2 October 1977

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Posted by on July 16, 2010 in Politics


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Natural Rights, Virginia-Style

Virginia Declaration of RightsThat all men are by nature equally free and independent, and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety.

George Mason, Virginia Declaration of Rights, (1776)

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Posted by on September 6, 2009 in education, Politics


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