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Unjust Laws


            Are we morally obliged to obey unjust laws? Do we have to follow a law regardless of .
             how unfair, unjust, or immoral it may be? The only reason that these laws must be followed are .
             because they are the law. But if your're caught in a situation were the “unjust” law needs to be .
             broken would you create civil disobedience and take a stand for what you believe in? .
             An unjust law according to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is “Any law that degrades human .
             personality is unjust.” “An unjust law is a code that a numerical or power majority compels a .
             minority group to obey, but does not make binding on itself.” An unjust law according to Henry .
             David Thoreau is, “…if is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to .
             another, then, I say, break the law.” He strongly believes that an individual should stand up to .
             the government and break a law if it condurs injustice to them. Despite the consequences, an .
             individual should do what they personally believe is right. Thoreau, “…paid no taxes poll-tax for .
             six years,” but “never declined paying the highway tax, because I am as desirous of being a good .
             neighbor”. Despite the consequences, he would stand firm in his opinions and beliefs. In turn .
             Thoreau spent one night in prison, but felt that his personal convictions outweighed any .
             punishment. The argument Thoreau builds is for the importance of civil disobedience. Iin his .
             speech “Civil Disobedience” demonstrates why a person should violate an unjust law. .
                       I define an unjust law as one that degrades human personality through the unfair suffering .
             of a minority group at the hands of a majority group. A law that causes a person to suffer simply .
             because they do not agree with this majority is an incorrect and unjust law. .
                     In today’s society, civil disobedience is created when the government clashes with the .


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