# ## ## # English 200/Adv CompJoy April 4, 2000 Unjust Law It is not possible that an individual may be right and a government wrong? Are laws to be enforced simply because they were made or declared by any number of men to be good, if they are not good…What kind of laws for free men can you expect from that? …Christ was crucified…. Captain Brown was hung. These are two ends of a chain, which is not missing its links. -Henry David Thoreau What is this link in the chain of lifes history? It is discontent with unjust laws – cruel and unjust laws enforced by no less cruel and unjust men. But, men through the ages have made known what kind of government commands the respect of freedom loving people. Thoreau wrote in his essay, Civil Disobedience that all men recognize that the right of revolution…the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable, This paper will show that as man protested against and exposed unjust laws, he left his mark on the futures destiny. Problems were solved in religion, race relationships, and taxation. Leaders were produced who left a legacy for those who followed and created a base on which others could follow. Although the chain is long. I will begin with Moses. Moses led the people enslaved by the Hebrews in Egypt to freedom. He followed his conscious and rebuked the laws of his adopted father who also was the Pharaoh of Egypt. Moses disobeyed the government, but his legacy live today. His great and noble deeds in behalf of freedom of an enslaved people and The Ten Commandments given to him by God on Mt. Sinai have been continuously taught the world over up to the present year. Moses link on the chain of civil disobedience dictates how we live today. Jesus, the founder of Christianity, preached against the…
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