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Following conscience even at the cost of displeasing the sovereign.

We see in the film 'A Man for all Seasons' the character Thomas More refuses to go against his conscience and as a result is charged with treason which the penalty is death by beheading. He refuses to acknowledge King Henry as the Head of the England church. He is also against the divorcing of the King from his first wife and ends up resigning from his position as Lord Chancellor of England.

Thomas Aquinas also says that if a human law is unjust either by not being for the general good of the people or by not following the Divine law then it is not binding to the person. He says 'we ought to obey God rather than obey man'

Robert George also insists on the point that an unjust law is not a law at all and thus should not be followed.

Benedict XVI states that as a Christian in a position you should always follow their conscience.

The extent to which the governments may reasonably impose requirements upon its citizens.

By working together with the church to promote come with legislation that is good for all in general. By taking the role of religion as a purifier and provider of norms to be followed.

The accessibility to reason of objective norms governing right action.

This are the norms that govern us on what to do and on the political choices to be made. We reason according to what our conscience tells us is right. Our reasoning is brought about by the Natural law in us that tells us to uphold right and stir away from what is evil.

The role of religion in political debate.

It helps purify and shed light upon...