What Law And Authority Really Means Essay

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For one to follow the law or listen to authority one has to understand what law and authority really means. A law is “A binding custom or practice of a community: a rule of conduct or action prescribed or formally recognized as binding or enforced by a controlling authority (2):the whole body of such customs, practices, or rules (3)” (Webster 1) and authority “Is the power to give orders or make decisions:the power or right to direct or control someone or something” (Webster 1). To summarize this it says that a law helps govern conduct to keep a safe environment with the help of authority. But what happens when those laws goes against ones morals, religion, equality etc? Should they still abide by them? We should obey laws when they are intended to help our society but we have the right to defy them when they are just on the outside by unjust on the inside. A just law is a law that is recognized and established by all society, and works hand in hand with a moral law; “Keep in mind that freedom is never voluntarily given by the oppressor; it must be demanded by the oppressed” (King, pp.3)An unjust law is a law that tends to be imposed on minorities. These minorities did not take any part in the establishment of the law(s) that are inflicted by the majority. These laws that are expected to be followed by minorities, however, are not followed by the majority. One determines whether a law is just or unjust by observing its underlying intentions. Just laws will always promote…

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