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  1. Hi John! The "bad laws" quote is from Martin Luther King Jr.:  "I submit that an individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for law."

    Read more at: http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/m/martinluth124932.html"

    Thomas Aquinas had some related thoughts, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man-made_law as did Augustine of Hippo: "An unjust law is no law at all."

    – MJM

     

    • My reference to opposing unjust laws presupposes respecting the good ones. I have never been in trouble with the Police in my life, though herself indoors puts this down to my not getting caught yet. That sarcasm aside, we could all name an unjust law in our own jurisdiction. If we allow unjust laws to apply then we condemn our offspring to an unjust society for the future. I would cite the Patriot Acts 1 & 2 as classic examples. They were rushed onto the books in the US in the heat of 9/11 and Homeland Security was set up and I predict that without bloodshed, it could take a century before Americans get their personal freedom back.

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