Law Human Rights and Human Dignity - Martin Luther King Jr. Statement

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Law, Human Rights, and Human Dignity Written Statement:

Integrate the answers to the following questions into a 1,000 word statement (usually about 2 single-spaced pages) explaining your perspective on the following question: What should a U.S. citizen do if their faith beliefs conflict with a U.S. law?

  • To what extent do you think that U.S. citizens have a responsibility to follow U.S. laws?
  • Include 5 examples of possible faith/law conflicts.
  • What was Martin Luther King Jr.’s response to what he considered an unjust law (include examples from your reading of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”)? **note: his nonviolent protest was not following the law—that is why his letter is a “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”
  • To what extent should the government take into account faith beliefs when formulating laws? Conversely, to what extent should a person take into account laws when acting on their faith beliefs when the two are in conflict?

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Law, Human Rights and Human Dignity
Thesis: This paper aims to analyse the conflicts that might arise between laws and individual
faith beliefs and to state the responsibilities of citizens and the state in cases of conflict between
the law and individual faith beliefs in relation to Martin Luther King's letter from Birmingham.
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Introduction
What should a U.S. citizen do if their faith beliefs conflict with a U.S. law?

III.

To what extent do you think that U.S. citizens have a responsibility to follow U.S. laws?

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Include 5 examples of possible faith/law conflicts.

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What was Martin Luther King Jr.’s response to what he considered an unjust law (include
examples from your reading of his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”)? **note: his
nonviolent protest was not following the law—that is why his letter is a “Letter from
Birmingham Jail.”

VI.

To what extent should the government take into account faith beliefs when formulating
laws? Conversely, to what extent should a person take into account laws when acting on
their faith beliefs when the two are in conflict?


Running head: LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND HUMAN DIGNITY

Law, Human Rights, and Human Dignity
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LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND HUMAN DIGNITY

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Introduction
Martin Luther King in his letter from Birmingham puts focus on the relationship between
the law, Human Rights and dignity. This paper aims to analyze the conflicts that might arise
between laws and individual fait...


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