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Martin Luther King Junior is one of the most influential civil rightactivists of modern times He lead countless non-violent protestdemanding that segregation be out lawed constantly proclaiming the useof oppression is the biggest contradiction to everything America standsfor In 1963 Martin Luther was asked by of activists of BirminghamAlabama to lead a non-violent protest for fair hiring practicesdesegregation and the establishment of a biracial citizens committee While those protesting were peaceful the police force used dogs andfire hoses to stop it Ultimately this lead to the strong leader beingarrested which also brought forth one of his most famous paper Letterfrom Birmingham Jail With Kings excellent use of language hisresponse and outcry to the clergymens A call to Unity incorporateslogical reasons and facts as to why this is a grave injustice while atthe same time showing how even the simplest of people can see injusticehappening before their eyes An unjust law is no law at all says St Augustine This quote isMartin Luthers reason for incarceration by explaining that people havea moral obligation to not follow unjust laws Just as ShadrachMeshach and Abednego disobeyed the law by refusing to bow down toNebuchanezzars idol The difference between a just and unjust law isexplained by St Thomas Aquinas A just law is what one that lifts upthe human personality while an unjust law is one that is not rooted ineternal and natural law causing a degrade of the human personalityKing This weaves both moral and logical understanding of the twobringing scholarly evidence to his claim as he guides us through histhoughts so there can be no confusion or other interpretation Anotherexample of those opposing to follow an unjust law is the Boston TeaParty when a resistance formed against the British Tea Act and refusedto return three shiploads of taxed tea by throwing it in the Bostonharbor because it violated the American peoples rights to be taxed onlyby their own
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