Utah People's Party

…proclain liberty through out all the land….(Leviticus 25:10)

Pestilential Statutes

on October 14, 2012

But the most foolish notion of all is the belief that everything is just which is found in the customs or laws of nations….What of the many deadly, the many pestilential statutes which nations put in force? These no more deserve to be called laws than the rules a band of robbers might pass in their assembly. For if ignorant and unskillful men have prescribed deadly poisons instead of healing drugs, these cannot possibly be called physicians’ prescriptions; neither in a nation can a statute of any sort be called a law, even though the nation, in spite of being a ruinous regulation has accepted it. (quoted in W. Cleon Skousen, The Five Thousand Year Leap, p 44)

The People’s Party sees in the above words of Marcus Tullius Cicero a distinction between legality and morality. One set of rules that people live by is the law of the land. This type of rule comes into being by an act of legislation. Depending on the constitutional system in effect at the time and place in question, the citizens themselves or their representatives might pass legislation. The citizens or their representatives can change or repeal any statutes they have passed. Another set of rules are the moral standards that are eternal, universal and objective. Confusion about the deference between standards that people can change and those that they cannot change comes at least in part from the many uses of the word “law” in the English language. Cicero uses the word law above to refer to the moral standards, the truths people cannot change, but other writers use the word law to refer to acts of legislation that people can and often do change. The statutes they pass are harmful when the citizens or their representatives are ignorant of the true moral standards that are just and will remain just no matter what anyone may wish. Whenever a law of the land conflicts with a true mortal standard, that Law of the land is unjust and will harm not help. Cicero is entirely correct to point out that the belief that whatever any government does is just is “…the most foolish notion of all….”

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