Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas

MLK in Birmingham Jail

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.”Now, what is the difference between the two?  How does one determine wh … [Read more...]

Martin Luther King Quotes Augustine and Aquinas

Martin Luther King

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." Now, what is the difference between the two? How does one determine whether a … [Read more...]


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