Civil disobedience is what this country is not only founded upon it, but celebrates it annually in many different ways/holidays…our “independence” was rebellion against our king (of England) is celebrated on “Independence Day”. We also acknowledge and commemorate the struggles and work of civil disobedience of Martin Luther King Jr and those that helped with the abolishment of unjust (immoral) human and civil rights.
Many famous people of the past such as Martin Luther King Jr, Aristotle, Mahatma Ghandi, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and others have been quoted saying that if we are to be good citizens, it is our duty to rebel and not support or follow unjust (immoral) laws, thereby allowing ourselves to be criminalized. Civil disobedience is essential for political and cultural renewal and change.
Even in the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers were very particular in including this statement: “…whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government…”.
Civil disobedience is neither wrong or evil, but rather it is the ignorance, acceptance, and support of the government’s unjust (immoral) laws and the enforcement of such unjust (immoral) laws that is evil. Civil disobedience will make you a criminal, and it will make you hated by the very people who believe themselves to be upholders the law. But it is better to be a criminal and to have done what is right and moral than to stand by and continue to promote and enforce unjust laws.
I will end with a quote from Thomas Jefferson that concerns the of funding government activities or projects that you do not support or are not morally just:
“To compel a man to furnish contributions of money for the propagation of opinions which he disbelieves and abhors, is sinful and tyrannical.” – Thomas Jefferson