Increasingly, we see the legalisation of immorality. People of good will who believe they are doing the right thing, in the name of Christ, refuse to co-operate with bad laws. Two examples spring to mind: the Irish bakers who refused to take an order for a cake for a same-sex wedding, and the two Glasgow midwives who would not facilitate abortions. Does St Thomas More offer any insight to us on the matter of how to treat of bad laws – and if so, what lesson? Would he have advised the bakers to take the cake order? Would he have urged the two midwives to facilitate the abortions? Or are the words of St Thomas More in the famous “Devil” speech ambiguous?
The idea for this thread came following a number of conversations and observations about people, including Catholics, who appear to change their minds about a particular immorality once it become law. Are they following the example of St Thomas More, by taking a “high” view of the law of the land? Or would St Thomas More recoil to think that he could be represented as a supporter of man-made laws which contradict the law of God?