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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.

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