The main idea that I got out of the reading from chapter 9 was that law is a way to control a society. To enforce the laws in the U.S. there is a police force. The one big problem with having a police force is that when two laws contradict each other, or when there is a law that is not acceptable to the people, they then show their “opinion” or resistance to the law. The book says some things about how the social laws of society are changing faster than they are being changed on the books for the police to enforce.

In the second section the book talks about why it is alright to follow some laws and break others. The book classifies laws into two groups, just laws and unjust laws. The way a law is put into one group or the other is by this rule: if the law is square with the moral law or the law of god then it is a just law. The book also says that”an unjust law is a human law that is not rooted in eternal law and natural law” (book pg 252). There is a great example of this law, everything that Hitler did was legal, and everything that the Hungarian freedom fighters did was illegal, but according to the just vs. unjust laws, what Hitler did was unjust and the Hungarian freedom fighters were just.

The final section talks about feminism and pornography. The alliance of the right, or Moral Majority, and the left, or the politically correct, has caused a current backlash of censorship. The left believes that pornography is violence against women and the right depicts sex as evil. The book talks about the core issue of feminism and anti-slavery, which a person should be able to have control over what happens to their body. The rest of the section is just examples of the progress of the feminist movement.

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