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PostPosted: Sun Aug 12, 2007 3:09 pm    Post subject: Unjust Laws Reply with quote

“One has not only a legal, but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.”

- Martin Luther King Jr.

Unjust laws have always been plentifully imposed on men everywhere. For as long as civilization has existed, and men have had to live together in an organized society, rules and laws have had to be made in order to keep order, security, and allow for advancement of civility.

However, quite often the pretext of “rule of law” has been used as the oppressive tool of tyrants. That which benefits those in power while keeping the general public or a group of the population in servitude is often passed as the law of the land, perpetrating corruption and inequality. Almost always, such travesty in imposition of laws is carried out in an undemocratic society, where a small oligarchy is in power and imposing its unjust rules on the rest of the nation.

The worst examples of such occasions of unjust rules being the law of the land are whenever God has been incorporated into such laws. That is because the moral code of an invisible man can easily be presented by degenerates in whatever way they wish, without the need for confirmation by such said invisible man, and without the ability of it being subjected to examination, utility, logic, need, or beneficence.

“God’s laws” are merely the arbitrary laws of corrupt and selfish individuals that cannot find a better way to justify them, and thus use God as the magic word to unquestionably impose them on the public. It is noteworthy that God’s laws have been very different from culture to culture, religion to religion, and that all disagree. This reflects the fact that at the least all but one of such portrayed God’s laws must be wrong, and in reality almost certainly all are wrong.

To find justice and happiness, God’s laws must be returned to the dustbin from which they came. Instead, only man’s laws, with their limitations and shortcomings, and their subjection to change ought to be adopted. Even then, only via democratic means, and always open to further questioning and change.

What constitutes just laws? A more detailed discussion on that will be presented at a later time in another article. However, within the confines of this article, a summary is presented. Just laws are those that treat all equally, without preference to nepotism, ethnicity, social class, age, religion, sex, lifestyle, etc. Equality is a large part of justice. Furthermore, just laws are those that promote the general happiness and welfare of the population. Those laws that give hope and uplift the minds of the individuals are generally just, while those that do the opposite are unjust. Generally speaking, the more input the population has into making those laws, the higher the likelihood that the laws will be just.

What about in the meantime, when such God’s laws (or other non-religious but unjust laws) are the laws of the land? What recourse is left to the population that is tormented by such injustice and oppression? It is the moral obligation of such individuals to disobey such laws in protest. A passivist such as MLK would advocate only peaceful disobedience, while others would include violent disobedience as an option. Although peaceful disobedience is optimal, and it can work in the majority of times, it cannot be the only recourse, as the case of the oppressor varies from example to example, as well as his predisposition to cruelty.

Peaceful disobedience could not have worked during the times of the European Dark Ages, as the disobedient would simply be burned at the stake. The same is probably true during the current Iranian Dark Ages, where brutally cruel theocrats are in power, invoking God to do whatever they wish and terrorize the population at large.

It seems that violent disobedience and objection to the currently unjust legal system of Iran is the only recourse left to those that have suffered almost their entire lives at the hands of these Holy Men. Eventually, more and more individuals will realize this necessary path.

Two people that obviously made this realization were Hossein and Majid Kavousifar. They are two that have joined a long line of such brave Iranians that have been forced, through living in a land of unjust laws, to take matters into their own hands and violently protest the injustice of such a corrupt legal system. The end result of such a path is usually death. These two probably knew that. However, they realized that it is better to die opposing such an unjust legal system than it is to live under such oppression and injustice.

This fact is written on the face of Mr. Kavousifar in that chilling photograph taken moments before his execution, in which he smiles and waves goodbye. That is not the facial expression of a criminal. It is not the expression of a man in fear. It is the expression of a man who long ago lost his fear of death when he accepted death as the alternative to the prison imposed by the Mullahs. It is the face of courage.

It is the face of a man that has no regrets, as he shouldn’t, and would act the same way all over again if given another chance. It is the face of Iran.

I am Dariush the Great King, King of Kings, King of countries containing all kinds of men, King in this great earth far and wide, son of Hystaspes, an Achaemenian, a Persian, son of a Persian, an Aryan, having Aryan lineage

Naqshe Rostam
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