The separation of morals from government…

Photo "MLK on the National Mall" (c) 2011 A. J. MacDonald, Jr

Photo “MLK on the National Mall” (c) 2011 A. J. MacDonald, Jr

The separation of morals from government…

The separation of morals from government should never be sought, because the separation of morals from government is both undesirable and impossible.

“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.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” (16 April 1963).

See: Martin Luther King, Jr, “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” – http://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

“[N]one of the [Roman] lawyers doubted that there is a higher law than the enactments of any particular state. Like Cicero, they conceived of the law as ultimately rational, universal, unchangeable, and divine, at least in respect to the main principles of right and justice. The Roman Law, like the English common law, was only in small part a product of legislation. Hence the presumption was never made that law expresses nothing but the will of a competent legislative body, which is an idea of quite recent origin. It was assumed that ‘nature’ sets certain norms which the positive law must live up to as best it can and that, as Cicero had believed, an ‘unlawful’ statute simply is not law. Throughout the whole of the Middle Ages and well down into modern times the existence and the validity of such a higher law were taken for granted.” ~ George H. Sabine, “A History of Political Theory” (Third Edition, Holt, Rinehart, Winston, 1937, 1950, 1961) pp. 169-170).

See: George H. Sabine, “A History of Political Theory” – http://www.questia.com/library/384314/a-history-of-political-theory

“Western men, especially, believed in the efficacy of governmental action for the achievement of social and moral ends. Both Church and State ought to serve democracy. Democracy was one with the will of God and the natural law. It guaranteed a moral order and when men and misinterpretations of constitutions violated that order appeal to the higher law might be made.” ~ Avery Craven, “The Coming of the Civil War” (Chicago: University of Chicago Press) 1942; 1957; 1967; p. 130).

See: Avery Craven: The Coming of the Civil War – http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Coming_of_the_Civil_War.html?id=DEWCKlYiocIC

VIDEO – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Radical Revolution of Values –  http://youtu.be/hQFE1wgx714

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