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.
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
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
LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND HUMAN DIGNITY
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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