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    Is it ok to disobey unjust laws for moral reasons?

    Do you feel it is ok to disobey a law you think is unjust, for moral or ethical reasons? Please give examples.

    Whether or not you feel a law is unjust or not is NOT an excuse to ignore it.

    10 Responses to “Is it ok to disobey unjust laws for moral reasons?”

    1. Mithaniel Marr Says:

      Its only illegal to disobey a law if you get caught doing it.
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    2. rotorhead Says:

      As long as you are willing to face the legal ramifications.
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    3. Croaker Says:

      yes…it is called civil disobedience.

      in the past women have done it and blacks have done it…as have Indians.
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    4. loser1051 Says:

      Sure, go ahead. I don't particularly like the ones about paying taxes, so I'll skip those. Then there are those pesky ones about driving, like stopping at red lights. Talk about unjust, those banks have millions, I'd like some of that.
      Unjust, immoral unethical?? Which ones are those?
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    5. Ansell A Says:

      Whether or not you feel a law is unjust or not is NOT an excuse to ignore it.
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    6. Mutt Says:

      As long as you accept the consequences of doing so. Also, just because you may feel it's right does not mean others feel the same way.
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    7. bully Says:

      The beauty of this nation is that everyone is free to do anything they want at any time they choose, without exception.

      The downside to that freedom is that you have to be prepared to deal with the consequence of your actions.

      During the Viet Nam war, Cassius Clay decided that he was morally opposed to the war and chose not to participate in the draft. He then had to deal with the consequences of his decision and his actions.

      Viva La Liberte'
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    8. Twinkle Toes Says:

      Of course! If you honestly feel that the law is unjust and people can agree that it is, then it is alright. Read Martin Luther King's Letter From Birmingham Jail, it is amazing.
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      Letter From Birmingham Jail, thirteenth paragraph

    9. Michael Says:

      You can disobey any law you want. It's up to the judge to decide.

      Little known fact: Juries can renounce laws, and its binding.
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    10. Rick Says:

      Considering a law unjust is not simply a matter of not liking it. I don’t like speed limits, but since they apply to everyone equally and harm nobody, I should obey them. Of course virtually nobody obeys them, but if they were enforced as posted then I would have no complaint.

      On the other hand, a law that does harm, or that puts an unfair burden on some segment of the population, is unjust whether it personally benefits me or harms me, and I have a moral obligation to break it.

      Breaking an unjust law secretly, however, does nothing to effect change. If one is to break a law because it is unjust, one must do so publicly and be prepared to accept the consequences. For example, when attorney Irwin Ravin disobeyed Alaska’s marijuana laws in the ’70s, he did so in a way that he knew would cause his arrest for possession. He then fought his conviction on constitutional grounds, and the result was that simple possession at home became legal in Alaska and remains so to this day. Unfortunately for Mr. Ravin, his conviction was not for possession at home (he got himself arrested while carrying a small amount of marijuana in public). As he said at the time, “the operation was a success, but the patient died.”

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