Sir Thomas More’s speech in “A Man for All Seasons,” discusses the primacy of man’s laws over God’s laws. This is still relevant today when we are forced to watch the interference in our elections, the chaos in our cities, the dishonesty of the media and censorship on social media. Today we find ourselves feeling like we have to stoop to using the unlawful tactics of the radical left if we are to save America as we know it, but, my friends, we cannot. We must fight within the law.
“William Roper: “So, now you give the Devil the benefit of law!”
Sir Thomas More: “Yes! What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?”
William Roper: “Yes, I’d cut down every law in England to do that!”
Sir Thomas More: “Oh? And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned ’round on you, where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country is planted thick with laws, from coast to coast, Man’s laws, not God’s! And if you cut them down, and you’re just the man to do it, do you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake!”
~ From Robert Bolt’s A Man For All Seasons
About A Man For All Seasons
A Man For All Seasons (1966), was written by Robert Bolt and directed by Fred Zinnemann. It tells the story of Sir Thomas More’s resistance to King Henry VIII’s seizure of the church in England.