BreakingthelawVCC

BreakingthelawVCC - Vanderley Cabral CORE 250: Humanities...

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Vanderley Cabral CORE 250: Humanities 05/04/11 Revision The Morality of Breaking the Law Laws are created to maintain an orderly and properly functioning society. In any democracy citizens must be able to question authority thereby keeping the government accountable for its actions. The foundation of the United States is based upon the idea of protesting the British government’s tyrannous act. Citizens have the right to object to their government, as stated by Thomas Jefferson, after a “long train of abuses.” Breaking the law is only acceptable as a last resort. In Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,’s Letter from Birmingham Jail , he explicitly states the failed formalities that have to occur in order for it to be morally justifiable to break the law. Ultimately, the lack of alternatives, exhaustion of means to negotiate and the nature of the demeaning law determines whether breaking the law has just cause. Dr. King’s rhetoric in
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