27 Apr '12, 9am

If the law is bad, break it

“An unjust law is no law at all”, said St Augustine, providing the foundation of civil disobedience movements across the globe. If a law is not really a law at all, it is argued, one has a right — even a duty — to break it. Martin Luther King articulated this view in his Letter from Birmingham Jail: “one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws”. What is the appropriate response to an unjust law, then? King argued that we should break it openly: “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 the law”. The great American democrat Henry David agreed: “Under a government which imprisons unjustly, the true place for a just man is… a prison”. The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon...

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