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When Martin Luther King Jr participated in the march to protest against segregation 1963 he was arrested and put into the jail in Birmingham Alabama on grounds that there was no permit for the parade Eight local clergymen published their objections to the protest in the local newspaper The clergymen had proclaimed But we are convinced that these demonstrations are unwise and untimely 716 King then replies to their arguments with his famous Letter From Birmingham Jail Wise and timely because injustice was present there was no room for question once he defined clearly the contrast of just and unjust laws A just law as defined by King is a law that is in the moral realm and should be obeyed If the law can matches Gods law it is just If any law uplifts human personality character or spirit if any law is for the good of the all the people it can be defined a just law If the majority uses a law against the minority it is a law that is to be disobeyed With just laws there is always the constant of sameness An unjust law as defined by King is one where there is a no moral responsibility to back it up Therefore it is ones moral responsibility to disobey the law St Augustine said an unjust law is equal to no law at all When a law is unjust it is not in harmony with Gods laws or natural laws There is no logic code or reasoning behind it St Thomas defined an unjust law as one that is not rooted in moral or natural law Unjust laws degrade human personality instead of building them up like a just law does King felt that segregation was sin but at that time the majority of clergymen and ministers were obeying these laws of segregation regardless if they were right or not With unjust laws there is always the
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