It is rare that we question whether moral law ever trumps manmade law.
But this last week, five people’s action raised that question for citizens to think about when they went on trial for entering Bangor submarine base. The federal court ruled that only the question of the violation of manmade law such as trespassing and destroying property would be considered.
We know there is such a thing as just-war principles stating that innocent citizens shall not be killed or maimed, but apparently it does not enter into the legal system.
So I guess it is up to each individual to act on the higher law of morality even when it violates man’s law. If I were on a submarine and ordered to launch a nuclear attack, would I do it knowing that, as in Hiroshima, innocent civilians would be killed? Or would I join the Navy or Air Force knowing that I might be ordered to launch nuclear weapons?
I thank the Bangor Five who have raised this issue for us to think about; for surely innocent lives are at stake with such weapons.