Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., (1929-1968) US civil rights leader

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Quote

“One who breaks an unjust law that conscience tells him is unjust ... is in reality expressing the highest respect for law ... We will not obey your evil laws.”

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
~ Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ratings and Comments

J Carlton, Calgary

We're reaching a point where the majority of laws are unjust and in place merely to criminalize the majority of people. After all the only power any government has over people is the power to enforce "laws". I'm a great admirer of ML King for many of the things he said.

Mike, Norwalk

At Natural / Constitutional law - there are no evil laws (lex injusta non est lex, an unjust law is not law - law enforcement is an oxymoron) At a tyrant's legal positivism, canons are erroneously called law to enslave - at such scenario, most of the so-called laws are evil (anti-law, liberty, rights, etc.). Our responsibility as Christians is . . . We cannot in all good conscience obey your unjust laws . . . (Dr. Martin Luther King) If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so. . . . Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws (Thomas Jefferson). If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law (Henry David Thoreau)

Mike, Norwalk

Compelled compliance, license, victimless crimes, larceny with impunity and anti-inalienable right edicts are all unjust enforcement by malignant despots. Having the highest respect for law, we will not obey your evil laws.

Cal, Lewisville, TX

Would he say Obama Care is just?

E Archer, NYC

CONSCIENCE -- is the root of liberty, in our choices, in our judgments, in juries, in the voting booth, in defense of ourselves and each other. Whether we operate from a code of ethics that comes from our religion or beliefs or whatever, in the end we are talking about conscience, and in a free republic, the conscience of the people rules. May it ever be so.


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