Law and morality

We realize that if the problem is to be solved ultimately, if we are to have a truly integrated society, men and women must rise to the majestic heights of being obedient to the unenforceable.  And I would be the first to acknowledge that.  So it may be true that you can’t legislate integration, but you can legislate desegregation.  It may be true that morality cannot be legislated but behavior can be regulated.  It maybe true that the law cannot change the heart but it can restrain the heartless.  It may be true that the law cannot make a man love me, religion and education will have to do that, but it can restrain him from lynching me.  And I think that’s pretty important also.  And so that while legislation may not change the hearts of men, it does change the habits of men. — MLK, Speech at Illinois Wesleyan University, 1966

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