Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara - UNSETTLING QUESTIONS

In civilized society, kidnapping is a crime. But what if the laws of a society declare that kidnapping—under certain conditions—is the right way, not the wrong way, to live life? In other words, if the law is not moral, does that give people the right to break the law so that they can follow the right path, not the wrong path?


Think about these questions:

  • If the law says a crime is not a crime, is the act a crime notwithstanding the law?
  • If the act is still a crime, despite what the law says, how is it punished?
  • Who imposes punishment if the lawmakers are the lawbreakers?
  • Can moral outrage help to change the law?

With that background, and those questions in mind, we begin the story of Edgardo Mortara ... a six-year-old Jewish boy, living in an Italian Papal State.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5190stories and lessons created

Original Release: Jul 01, 2001

Updated Last Revision: Sep 01, 2017

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