Blog author: jballor
Monday, January 15, 2007

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, and rightly so.

Here’s a bit from his “Letter from Birmingham Jail”:

How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law. To put it in the terms of St. Thomas Aquinas: An unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law. Any law that uplifts human personality is just. Any law that degrades human personality is unjust. All segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distort the soul and damages the personality.

When I was in elementary, middle, and high school in Virginia, the government celebrated Lee-Jackson-King Day. Res ipsa loquitur.

  • John Powers

    Indeed it is MLK day, and King’s quote is quite apt to describe the corrupting influence of the State in making laws to deny liberty.

    Unfortunately, in the last 40 years, we have not come very far, as many of the quite valid issues that MLK brought up were met with more State interference.

    One wonders, if the State would have just totally got away from racial laws, what possibilities we could have had.