Just and Unjust Laws

          At first while I was reading Martin Luther King Jr’s letter from Birmingham Jail it was hard for me to pay attention to the reading but my attention was caught when Luther started talking to the clergy in Birmingham about picking and choosing which rules you want to uphold and which rules are the ones you break. This got me thinking about that concept. Luther talks about upholding laws that are just and the rules that are unjust you have a moral obligation to break. Luther goes on to tell the clergy what constitutes an unjust law from a just law. A just law upholds the moral law while an unjust law contradicts the moral law. Luther gives plenty examples of people from the past that had broke rules to uphold the moral law. Luther is a huge christian himself but was also really smart and knew who his audience was. So the only logical thing to talk about were stories coming from the bible and how the early Christians were fighting for their rights and broke a lot of unjust laws against them. Luther also clarifies that violence is not the key either. that would contradict the moral aspect of it. This helped me to understand why people would break the rules knowing they would get in trouble. People feel it a moral obligation to fight against unjust laws and if they didn’t they wouldn’t be doing their duty as a person. Luther at the beginning tells the Clergy that He has to use non violent action so that way he could be able to cause such a havoc that people would have to negotiate with him and I had never thought about that before either. I actually enjoyed reading this letter. It got me to think about different aspects that I had not thought about before.


One thought on “Just and Unjust Laws

  1. The laws of Unjust!!! its a typical law that its a fight against civil rights!! segregation played a huge role during the 1960s and that its a moral aspect of history!

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