Clearly, law in Nazi Germany was corrupt. But even in a fine democracy like the USA, the law can lack morality. Surely, we all must obey the law because, as Judaism teaches us (Jeremiah 29:7, Sayings of the Fathers 3:2), if it weren’t for the law, people would eat each other alive. But we should not make the mistake to let existing law dictate what we believe to be ethical. Let’s look at some recent examples.
A US appeals court has just ruled that a provision in Obamacare that gave an additional 20,000,000 people healthcare was unlawful. However, to have millions not allegeable for healthcare is wicked.
Germany is prohibiting conversion therapy for the sexual orientation of minors. Until now this immoral practice was legal.
Legal expertise says that public transportation on Shabbat conflicts with present law. That doesn’t make it ethically lacking. Maybe the law should be changed, creating a separation between religion and State. It could stipulate that no Jews may be employed on the Shabbat because each section of the population should have a day off a week.
The IDF has the most moral army in the world. But its statues could be so stifling, as some in the field claim now, that it endangers their ability to protect the People. We also don’t want laws that hinder physicians to heal patients.
Some argue against new laws that enable mercy killing because often that is just plain murder, not for the relief of the patient but of the family.
Court says Pennsylvania state law forbids municipalities from regulating firearms. Clearly, then, the law must change.
Law generally follows the people. It depends on our protests (or our silence) how far laws are really (made) moral. Please, be an activist.